Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy: 2016 to 2017 Departmental Results Report

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Overview of the federal government's approach to sustainable development

The 2013 to 2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 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 FSDS through the activities described in this supplementary information table.

Our departmental sustainable development strategy

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS) describes PSPC's actions in support of:

The report for 2016 to 2017 presents a high-level overview of results and is the final report under the 2013 to 2016 FSDS. Last year's 2015 to 2016 DSDS report is available on the Archived – departmental website.

Departmental performance highlights

PSPC contributes to themes III and IV of the 2013 to 2016 FSDS, but does not lead any government-wide FSDS targets. PSPC responsibility for government-wide planning of theme IV of the FSDS was transferred to the Centre of Greening Government at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat in November 2016.

Theme III: Protecting nature and Canadians

Under Theme III, PSPC contributed to the 2013 to 2016 FSDS through 3 implementation strategies for:

The following strategies contributed to PSPC's FSDS efforts in 2016 to 2017:

Theme IV: Shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government

Under theme IV, PSPC contributed to the 2013 to 2016 FSDS through 16 implementation strategies for:

It should be noted that performance reporting for targets 6.1: greenhouse gas emissions reduction and 7.2: green procurement are mandatory while reporting for other Theme IV targets is optional.

Mandatory theme IV PSPC results are presented in the following tables which summarize commitments under goals 6 and 7
FSDS goal FSDS target FSDS performance indicator FSDS performance results

Goal 6: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy

Reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of federal operations

Target 6.1: GHG emissions reduction

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

Departmental GHG emission reductions from buildings and fleet relative to fiscal year 2005 to 2006, expressed as a percentage PSPC total: -14.9% (buildings and fleet)
Updated GHG reduction implementation plan in place by March 31, 2015 The 2014 PSPC Greenhouse Gas Action Plan was completed in 2014 to 2015
GHG emissions (kilotonnes [kt] CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2005 to 2006 (baseline year) PSPC total: 271.2

(Buildings: 269.7 Footnote 1 / Fleet:1.5).

Baseline adjustments have been made for facilities transferred out of PSPC's inventory. The buildings include 338 Keele in the Ontario Region, the Gatineau Preservation Centre and the Collection Storage Facility in the National Capital Area (NCA)

GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2016 to 2017 PSPC Total: 230.92

(Buildings: 229.9 / Fleet: 1.02 kt).

Renewable power emission credits applied in current fiscal year (kt CO2 equivalent) Not applicable (N/A)

Goal 7: Waste and asset management

Reduce waste generated, and minimize the environmental impacts of assets throughout their life cycle

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

Number and percentage of specialists in procurement and/or material management who have completed the Canada School of Public Service green procurement course or equivalent
  • 845
  • 99%
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement
  • 88
  • 66%
Improvement in procedures for designating and tracking training and clauses in performance agreements is under review for implementation in 2017 to 2018 reporting cycle
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place [Yes / No] No approach statement

The following departmental policies provide green procurement direction:

  • materiel management
  • motor vehicle fleet management
  • environment
Optional green procurement goods and services
PSPC green procurement commitments supporting FSDS target 7.2 and goal 6 Targeted performance level PSPC performance indicator PSPC 2016 to 2017 performance results
Vehicle purchases 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 Percentage of vehicles purchased that were right sized for operational needs and were the most fuel efficient vehicle in their class 90%
Fuel efficiency The average rated fuel efficiency of light duty motor vehicles purchased will be 11 liters (L) per 100 kilometers (km) or less Rated fuel efficiency for light duty vehicles purchased. (L/100 km) 10.5 L/100 km
Office furniture purchases 80% of PSPC office furniture purchases will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of furniture Percentage of office furniture purchases that used green suppliers; green products, standing offers or supply arrangements with green considerations 100%
Air travel services PSPC will reduce GHG emissions associated with its business-related air travel by 25% by March 31, 2020 Percentage reduction of PSPC air travel GHG emissions relative to baseline year (2008 to 2009) -43%
Information technology (IT) hardware and software purchases 99% of IT hardware and software will be purchased against PSPC consolidated procurement instruments and meet the environmental criteria Percentage of purchases made using procurement instruments meeting environmental criteria Data not available.

IT hardware and software purchases discontinued as a PSPC optional green procurement commitment.

Optional theme IV reporting highlights

Report on strategic environmental assessment

During the 2016 to 2017 reporting cycle, PSPC considered the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. The department conducted 3 strategic environmental assessments (SEA) as preliminary scans on submissions to Cabinet and 3 SEA as preliminary scans on Treasury Board Submissions. It was concluded that, in respect to PSPC's authorities and accountabilities, none of these initiatives would generate important environmental effects and, therefore, neither detailed scans nor public statements were required.

In 2016, PSPC was audited by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development. The audit report concluded that the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals was not applied to most policy, plan and program proposals. In order to address the findings in the audit, PSPC is implementing a management action plan to integrate sustainable development into its internal policy and operational processes by reviewing the Directive on Strategic Environmental Assessment. PSPC is also working on a tool kit to facilitate the implementation of strategic environmental assessments into future Memoranda to Cabinet to support branch leads in conducting environmental assessments. Both the directive and tool kit will be presented to senior management in November 2017, so that SEA becomes integrated and sustained through the development and implementation of PSPC policies and programs.

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