Moving Forward with Greening Government

Advanced buildings, green procurement and a coordinated response to climate change. Watch this discussion on the future of greening government with Catherine McKenna, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Treasury Board President Scott Brison and Parliamentary Secretary Joyce Murray.

Greening Government Development - Transcript

Minister Scott Brison: Hi Catherine, welcome to Treasury Board.

Minister Catherine McKenna: It's great be here, really excited to see both of you.

Parliamentary Secretary Joyce Murray: Great to see you.

Brison: We are proud of our Treasury Board Building. It’s a LEED gold building. We have a green roof, we have energy efficient LED lighting throughout, and we even have a living wall over there as you can see. It looks a little bit like the inside of my locker at the MPs gym, but It does work though to cut our heating and cooling costs. So it makes a real difference.

McKenna: oh wow that's great. Well you know, we know that everyone needs to do their part in tackling climate change and reducing our emissions and it is great that as a government we are getting our house in order.

Brison: The Government of Canada is committing to cutting our greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. That’s going to make a difference.

Mckenna: That's great. How else are you going to do that?

Brison: We are establishing an office within the Treasury Board Secretariat to work across government to track progress and to ensure we meet that target of a 40% reduction by 2030. The Government can do more and in fact Government must do more.

McKenna: Actually that's great, because we know we have got our international target that we have committed to reducing emissions by 30%. The Government needs to be part of the solution, so does business, so do Canadians, so everyone is doing their part. It’s Great to see this action.

Murray: The great thing is every department is on board with greening government operations. So for example by 2025 100% of the energy used by Public Services and Procurement which is a major facilities manager will be coming from clean energy. The department of National Defence will be buying renewable energy for their facilities in Alberta.

McKenna: Well that's great. It’s a great example of how across government, with the private sector, working with organizations, working with all Canadians, that we can actually do our part to tackle climate change. Use new technologies, Canadian technologies to grow our economy and build a more sustainable future for our kids.

Brison: It’s a great opportunity and a great responsibility and looking forward to working closely with you Catherine and with you Joyce. We’ve got a lot of work to do.

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