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Overview of the federal government's approach to sustainable development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2013–16 presents the Government of Canada's sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. In keeping with the objectives of the Act to make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) supports the implementation of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) through the activities included in this supplementary information table.

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS) presents the planned contributions and expected results for Theme III – "Protecting Nature and Canadians" and Theme IV – "Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government".

Themes I to III: Department and agency-led targets

Not applicable (N/A) to PSPC.

Themes I to III: Implementation strategies

PSPC contributes to the following Theme III Implementation strategies, through Program 1.2: Accommodation management and Real property services:

4.7.4 – Provides environmental advice, guidance, and services to client departments on an as requested basis.

4.8.1 – Implements the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan and completes remediation and risk management activities at known high priority federal contaminated sites.

4.8.2 – Provides guidance and program policies developed by the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan program secretariat and the expert support departments to federal custodians for program implementation activities.

Federal partners Federal partner program activity Names of programs for federal partners 2016–17
Planned spending
($ thousands)
PSPC Accommodation Management and Real Property Services Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan projects and expert services Pending funding approvals from Treasury Board

Theme IV: Targets and implementation strategies

Goal 6: Greenhouse gas emissions and energy

Target 6.1: Greenhouse gas emissions reduction

The Government of Canada will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its buildings and fleets by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.

Departmental target

17% below 2005 levels by 2020

Link to department's program alignment architecture

1.2 Accommodation Management and Real Property Services

Performance measurement
Expected result

Reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of federal operations.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Updated GHG reduction implementation plan in place by March 31, 2015. GHG Emissions Reduction Action Plan completed March 31, 2015.
GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2005–06. Buildings: 277.9
Fleet: 1.62
GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2016–17, not accounting for renewable power emission credits, if applicable. Buildings: 252.6
Fleet: 1.5
Renewable power emission credits applied in fiscal year 2016–17 (kt CO2 equivalent). N/A
Percentage change in GHG emissions from fiscal year 2005–06 to fiscal year 2016–17, inclusive of renewable power emission credits, if applicable. 9.1% decrease
Adjustments made to base year GHG emissions Yes. The baseline GHG emissions reported for 2005–06 has been adjusted to reflect changes in the methodology for calculating provincial electrical emission factors and cumulative baseline corrections for all regions since 2005–06 base year, the removal of the MacDonald Cartier Data Centre and the sale and lease back of seven properties to Larco Investments in 2007.

Note:

PSPC Western Region has an active renewable power agreement for its region, which terminates on January 1, 2017. Renewable power purchase agreements that terminate prior to March 31, 2021 are not applicable against GHG reduction targets. No renewable power credits have been applied to the current fiscal year.

Goal 7: Waste and asset management

Target 7.1: Real property environmental performance

As of April 1, 2014, and pursuant to departmental real property sustainability frameworks, an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance will be achieved in Government of Canada real property projects and operations.

Scope and context

The Department has selected "Achieve" status for those Implementation Strategies it has adopted as this is consistent with our performance level and aligned to government-wide approach.

Link to department's program alignment architecture

1.2 Accommodation management and real property services

Performance measurement
Expected result

An industry-recognized level of high-environmental performance will be achieved in Government of Canada real property projects and operations.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
A Real Property Sustainability Framework (RPSF) in place to improve the management of energy, waste and water in departmental real property assets by March 31, 2015. RPSF in place
Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings (over 1000 m2) and new lease or lease renewal projects (over 1000 m2) where the Crown is the major lessee, assessed for environmental performance using an industry-recognized assessment tool, and associated floor space (m2). 35 Crown-owned buildings
658,336 m2
2 new lease or lease renewal projects
24,436 m2
Planned assessment tool to be used: BOMA BESt
Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings, new construction, build-to-lease projects and major renovation projects achieving an industry-recognized level of high-environmental performance, and total associated floor space (m2). 1 new construction project
7,991 m2
0 major renovation projects
0 m2
Number of fit-up and refit projects achieving an industry-recognized level of high-environmental performance. 4 Fit-up and refit projects
11,604 m2
Implementation strategy element or best practice Targeted performance level
7.1.1.1. Achieve a level of performance that meets or exceeds the custodian's current commitment(s) to sustainable buildings using industry-recognized assessment and verification tool(s). Achieved
7.1.1.2. Conduct life-cycle assessments for major construction and renovation projects using an industry-recognized tool. Achieved
7.1.1.4. Manage the collection, diversion and disposal of workplace waste in Crown-owned buildings in an environmentally responsible manner. Achieved
7.1.1.5. Manage construction, renovation and demolition waste in Crown-owned buildings in an environmentally responsible manner. Achieved
7.1.1.6. Develop an approach to improve performance of Crown-owned buildings via automation and commissioning. Achieved
7.1.1.9. Benchmark and report annually on the intensity of energy usage in Crown-owned office buildings using an industry recognized tool. (Applies only to PSPC.) Achieved
Best Practice
7.1.2. Real property managers and functional heads responsible for new construction, leases or existing building operations will have clauses related to environmental considerations incorporated into their performance evaluations.
Achieved

Target 7.2: Green procurement

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.

Link to department's program alignment architecture

1.9 Internal services

Performance measurement
Expected result

Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014. No target date has been set for approach statement development.
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in fiscal year 2016–17. 1713
90%
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in fiscal year 2016–17. 176
90%
Departmental green procurement targets

Target 1: Information technology (IT) hardware and software will be purchased against PSPC consolidated procurement instruments and meet the environmental criteria.

Scope: IT hardware includes desktops, notebooks, and monitors. PSPC consolidated procurement instruments include standing offers and requests for volume discount (RVDs). IT software includes all commercial off-the-shelf licenses.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
The percentage of IT hardware that will be purchased against PSPC consolidated procurement instruments and meet the environmental criteria contained in the PSPC consolidated procurement instruments.   At least 99% of all hardware purchases will meet this requirement.
The percentage of IT software that will be purchased against PSPC consolidated procurement instruments and meet the environment criteria through electronic delivery. At least 99% of all software purchases will meet this requirement.

Target 2: By March 31, 2021, PSPC will reduce GHG emissions associated with its business-related air travel by 25%, relative to the baseline performance target.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Reduction of PSPC air travel GHG emissions by March 31, 2021 (in kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent). 1.76

Target 3: The average rated fuel efficiency of light duty motor vehicles purchased between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2017 will be 11 liters per 100km or less.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Average rated fuel efficiency of light duty motor vehicles purchased between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2017. 11L/100km

Target 4: By March 31, 2017, 90% of vehicles purchased are right sized for operational needs and are the most fuel efficient vehicle in their class available at the time of purchase and/or are an alternative fuel vehicle.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Percentage of right sized fuel efficient vehicles with alternative fuel operation purchased by March 31, 2017. 95%

Target 5: By March 31, 2017, 80% of PSPC (internal services) office furniture purchases will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition use and/or disposal of furniture.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Percentage of furniture purchases awarded to green products or services provider. 90%
Implementation strategy element or best practice Targeted performance level
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Achieved
7.2.2. Incorporate environmental
considerations into procurement instruments (Applies only to PSPC).
Environmental considerations will be incorporated in 50 green procurement plans for goods and services procurement instruments (standing offers and/or supply arrangements)
Best Practice
7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.
Achieved

Target 7.3: Sustainable workplace operations

As of April 1, 2015, the Government of Canada will update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

Link to department's program alignment architecture

1.9 Internal services – 1.9.1 Management and oversight; and – 1.9.9 Materiel

Performance measurement
Expected result

Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of the departmental workplace in place as of March 31, 2015. Approach statement in place
Implementation strategy element or best practice Targeted performance level
7.3.1.2. Integrate environmental considerations into corporate policies, processes and practices in accordance with departmental refresh cycles. Achieved
7.3.1.3. Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (e.g., printer ratios, paper usage and green meetings). Achieved
7.3.1.6. Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Achieved
7.3.1.7. Reuse or recycle workplace materiel and assets in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Achieved
7.3.1.10. Maintain or improve sustainable fleet management. Achieved

Target 7.4 (Optional): Greening services to clients

By March 31, 2015, departments will establish strategic, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound (SMART) targets to reduce the environmental impact of their services to clients.

Scope and context

PSPC will increase the use of direct deposit by slowly phasing out federal government cheques. Increasing the use of direct deposit will contribute significant savings through the reduction in the use of paper and related cheque-printing and delivery costs. PSPC is modernizing the way it does business, saving taxpayer dollars and supporting the greening of government operations by reducing paper consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Link to department's program alignment architecture

1.3 Receiver General of Canada

Performance measurement
Expected result

Departmental services to clients have a reduced environmental impact.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Percentage of payments issued through direct deposit. 90%

Goal 8: Water management

Target 8.1: Water management

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will take further action to improve water management within its real property portfolio.

Scope and context

N/A

Link to department's program alignment architecture

1.2 Accommodation management and real property services

Performance measurement
Expected result

Water is managed sustainably in Government of Canada real property operations.

Performance Indicator Targeted performance level
Approach to improving water management included in RPSF by March 31, 2015. RPSF in place
Amount and percentage of floor space in buildings over 1000 m2 that includes water metering, in fiscal year 2016–17 (where feasible). 4,216,273 m2 (existing Crown-owned)
96%
40,480 m2 (new Crown built-to-lease and major renovations)
100%
Implementation strategy element or best practice Targeted performance level
8.1.1.1. Conserve potable water. Achieved
8.1.1.2. Manage storm water run-off. Achieved
8.1.1.4. Meter the water usage in new projects. Achieved
Best Practice
8.1.2 Conduct potable water audits in Crown-owned assets.
Achieved
Best Practice
8.1.4 Reclaimed non-potable water is used for landscape irrigation.
Achieved

Additional departmental sustainable development activities and initiatives

N/A for PSPC.

Sustainable development management system

The Report on Plans and Priorities, including the DSDS supplementary table, will be presented at the Department's Policy and Planning Committee.

Strategic environmental assessment

PSPC is responsible for conducting a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) for its own policy, plan or program proposals submitted to a Minister or to Cabinet for approval.

PSPC will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) goals and targets through the SEA process.

In cases when a detailed assessment is required (i.e. if the proposal's implementation could result in important environmental effects, either positive or negative), public statements on the results of PSPC's detailed assessment will be made when an initiative is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that the environmental effects, including the impacts on achieving the FSDS goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan or program have been considered during proposal development and decision making.

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