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Overview of the federal government's approach to sustainable development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2013 to 2016 guides 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 PSPC's results for the FSDS 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 which does not lead any Theme I to III Targets.

Themes I to III: Implementation strategies

Federal partners Federal partner program activity Names of programs for federal partners Total allocation (start date to end date) (in thousands of dollars) 2015 to 2016 Planned spending (in thousands of dollars) 2015 to 2016 Actual spending (in thousands of dollars)
PSPC Accommodation and real property services Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan projects and expert services 253,273 28,322 11,989

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 by 2020

Link to department's program alignment architecture

1.2 Accommodation and real property services Program (facilities)

Performance measurement

Expected result

Reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of federal operations.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
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.

272.5 (buildings)
1.62 (fleet)
Total = 274.12 (kt CO2 equivalent)

GHG emissions (kt CO2 equivalent) in fiscal year 2015 to 2016.

236.9 (Buildings)
1.034 (Fleet)
Total = 237.934 kt CO2

  • Analysis was done on the National Capital Area (NCA) portfolio and an average reduction in consumption of 14% could be observed in utilities used for heating, which resulted in a reduction of up to 7% in total emissions. This analysis can be applied to all of the PSPC facilities in the Québec City-Windsor corridor and captures approximately 80% of the Department's portfolio
  • Moreover, the federal election in October 2015 had one of the longest campaigns in Canadian history. As a result, a significant number of PSPC facilities in the Parliamentary Precinct were mostly vacant from May 2015 to October 2015. Parliamentary Precinct facilities showed as much as a 25% reduction in electricity use for the fiscal year
Renewable power emission credits applied in current fiscal year (kt CO2 equivalent). N/A
Percentage change in GHG emissions from fiscal year 2005 to 2006 to fiscal year 2015 to 2016, inclusive of renewable power emission credits, if applicable.

-13.2% decrease
On track to achieve target.

Adjustments made to base year GHG emissions.

Due to the transfer of energy intensive tenants out of the Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) portfolio at the Sir Leonard Tilley Building, the Edward Drake Building, the Insurance Building and the building located at 875 Heron Road (all located in Ottawa, Ontario), adjustments to the GHG emissions level baseline were made. The baseline levels established for fiscal year 2005 to 2006 were reduced to take into account this transfer.

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 decided to assess its progress made using the "Achieved" target status (as opposed to "Exceeded"). This is consistent with the performance levels targeted and it aligns with the government-wide approach.

Link to department's program alignment architecture

1.2 Accommodation 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 Performance level achieved
A Real Property Sustainability Framework in place to improve the management of energy, waste and water in departmental real property assets by March 31, 2015. The document "PSPC Real Property Sustainability Framework" was completed in March 2015. Stakeholder discussions are underway to update the framework to reflect new directions anticipated in the upcoming FSDS 2016 to 2019.
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). PSPC has assessed approximately a third (103 buildings, representing 1.2 million square meters [m²] of floor space) of its eligible buildings in the second cycle of assessments. The balance of the buildings will be assessed over the next two years.
Assessment tool used: BOMA BESt
Total number of existing Crown-owned buildings, new construction, build-to-lease and major renovation projects achieving an industry-recognized level of high-environmental performance, and associated floor space (m²).

One new Crown construction project:

  • the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) H Division Headquarters Building, 80 Garland Ave, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold (23,778 m²)

One new build-to-lease construction project:

  • 2575 Ste. Anne boulevard, Québec, Quebec is in the certification process for LEED Gold (11,000 m²)
One new major renovation project:
  • the Wellington Building, located at 180 Wellington Street, Ottawa, has been certified four Green Globes

Floor space: 509,079 m²

The West Block, East Block, and Sir John A. MacDonald Building renovation projects are applying the Green Globes assessment tool and anticipate certification at a minimum of three Green Globes.

Planned environmental performance level to be achieved:

  • LEED Gold or four Green Globes for new construction
  • LEED Silver or three Green Globes for major renovations
Number of fit-up and refit projects achieving an industry-recognized level of high-environmental performance.

No interior space fit-up or refit projects have been reported as certified in fiscal year 2015 to 2016. However, at the C.D. Howe Building, the common/public space of the retail space refit project has achieved LEED Certification, demonstrating the Department's commitment to sustainability beyond simply meeting our commitments.

Floor space: 6,512 m²
Departmental actions in support of target
Implementation strategy element or best practice Results achieved
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 as described in the previous sections.
7.1.1.2. Conduct life-cycle assessments for major construction and renovation projects using an industry-recognized tool. Achieved by applying the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute's life cycle assessment tools to new construction and major renovation projects.
7.1.1.4. Manage the collection, diversion and disposal of workplace waste in Crown-owned buildings in an environmentally responsible manner. Achieved through the continued application of departmental standard operating procedures for multi-material recycling in its buildings, both Crown managed and those under the Real Property-1 (RP-1) and RP-2 management services contracts.
7.1.1.5. Manage construction, renovation and demolition waste in Crown-owned buildings in an environmentally responsible manner. Achieved through the standard inclusion of waste management requirements in the contract documents for all new construction and major renovation projects over $1 million.
7.1.1.6. Develop an approach to improve performance of Crown-owned buildings via automation and commissioning. Achieved through the implementation of four "Smart Buildings" pilot projects in the NCA.
7.1.1.9. Benchmark and report annually on the energy usage intensity of Crown-owned office buildings using an industry recognized tool. Achieved through the evaluation and introduction of the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Program in anticipation of extending the program to all Real Property Crown-owned buildings in the coming year.

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.
Clauses for real property managers and functional heads requiring them to support and actively advance the Department's sustainable development commitments were included in performance management agreements.

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 Results achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014.

Departmental approach statement was included in Public Works and Government Services Canada policy on procurement (099) on November 2, 2014.

Extracts:

  • 8.12. Mandatory procurement tools: Where such tools exist, Acquisitions Branch`s standing offers (SO) and supply arrangements (SA) must be the first option considered for undertaking a procurement. Where green procurement tools exist, these should be given priority over non-green procurement tools. Contacting authorities must be familiar with procedures for the use of these tools and assure compliance with these procedures by reading the applicable SA or SO prior to the exercise of contracting authority on the resulting call-up or contract.
  • 8.13. Environmental performance considerations: Environmental performance considerations should be integrated into all phases of the procurement life cycle where feasible and within the context of achieving value for money.
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in the given fiscal year.
  • 1,860 individuals trained (out of 1,883 identified for training)
  • 99% achievement
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in the given fiscal year.
  • 253 employee performance agreements (out of 257 identified)
  • 98% achievement
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.

Performance indicator Results achieved
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. (Target 8.10.2 from 2010 to 2013 FSDS)

98% of purchases meet the criteria. Therefore, the targeted performance level of 98% was met.

Procurement agents from Shared Services Canada use the mandatory National Master Standing Offer that carries the most comprehensive environmental stewardship certifications available to the Government of Canada.

The exceptions involve highly specialized devices which are not featured on the mandatory National Master Standing Offer.

Scope: IT hardware includes desktops, notebooks, and monitors. PSPC consolidated procurement instruments include Standing Offers and Requests for Volume Discount (RVDs).
The percentage of IT software that will be purchased against PSPC consolidated procurement instruments and meet the environment criteria through electronic delivery.

98% of purchases meet the criteria. Therefore, the targeted performance level of 85% was exceeded.

Scope: IT software includes all commercial off-the-shelf licenses. PSPC consolidated procurement instruments include Standing Offers and Requests for RVDs.

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 Results achieved
Reduction of PSPC air travel GHG emissions by March 31, 2021 (kt CO2 equivalent)

2.12 kt CO2 equivalent

On track to exceed a 25% reduction, relative to the 2008 to 2009 baseline year level.

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 (L) per 100 kilometer (km) or less.

Performance indicator Results achieved
Average rated fuel efficiency of new light duty motor vehicles purchased between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2017.

12.9 L/100km

Targeted Performance level (11L/100km) was not met.

Of the acquired vehicles, approx. 66% were light-duty trucks with a high fuel consumption rating (i.e.: 2015 Dodge Ram 1500, 2015 Ford F-250, 2015 Ford F-350). It is currently difficult to meet the target as these high fuel consumption trucks are required to meet operational requirements. PSPC will continue to purchase environmentally-friendly vehicles (i.e.: trucks with better fuel consumption ratings) as they become available on the marketplace.

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 Results achieved
Percentage of right sized fuel efficient vehicles with alternative fuel operation purchased by March 31, 2017.

100%

The targeted performance level of 90% was exceeded.

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 Results achieved
Percentage of office furniture purchases made between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2017 which will reduce impacts on the environment.

100%

The targeted performance level of 80% was exceeded. All office furniture purchased are acquired using green suppliers; are green products or acquired using PSPC's standing offer or supply arrangements with green considerations.
Departmental actions in support of target
Implementation strategy element or best practice Results achieved
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible.

Achieved.

  • 100% of the centralized temporary help services procurement undertaken in the National Capital Area was done under an existing Standing Offer/Supply Arrangement
  • 100% of vehicles have been procured via PSPC's negotiated Supply Arrangements
7.2.2. Incorporate environmental considerations into procurement instruments [applies only to Public Works and Government Services Canada].

Achieved.

PSPC has incorporated environmental considerations into 28 green procurement plans. The remaining 10 have expired or not been renewed.

Best Practice

7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.

Achieved.

All card holders must have followed and passed the Green Procurement training before issuance of an acquisition card.

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

Performance measurement
Expected result

Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact.

Performance indicator Results achieved
An approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of the departmental workplace in place by March 31, 2015.

Achieved.

Departmental Approach Statement for Sustainable Workplace operations in place.
Departmental actions in support of target
Implementation strategy element or best practice Results achieved
7.3.1.2. Integrate environmental considerations into corporate policies, processes and practices in accordance with departmental refresh cycles.

On track to achieve.

Policies, processes and practices are currently being updated to integrate environmental considerations.

7.3.1.3. Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (i.e., printer ratios, paper usage and green meetings). On track to achieve.
7.3.1.6. Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner.

Achieved.

Centralized disposal of e-waste within the Materiel Management Division and Regional Corporate Services.
7.3.1.7. Reuse or recycle workplace materiel and assets in an environmentally sound and secure manner.

Achieved.

Implemented a battery recycling program nationally.
7.3.1.10. Maintain or improve sustainable fleet management.

Achieved.

Maintaining or reducing the fleet inventory by analyzing the department's requirements and evaluating options (i.e.: pooling of vehicles, public transportation, etc.).

Use of corporate systems to manage the departmental fleet (i.e.: ARI and SIGMA).

Target 7.4 (Optional): Greening services to clients

By March 31, 2015, departments will establish specific, 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 Results achieved
Percentage of payments issued through direct deposit.

85.9%Footnote 1

The targeted performance level of 90% was not achieved.

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

The Department has decided to assess its progress made using the "Achieved" target status (as opposed to "Exceeded"). This is consistent with the performance levels targeted and it aligns with the government-wide approach.

Link to department's program alignment architecture

1.2 Accommodation and real property services

Performance measurement
Expected result

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

Performance indicator Results achieved
Approach to improving water management included in Real Property Sustainability Framework by March 31, 2015. The document "PSPC Real Property Sustainability Framework" was completed in March 2015. Stakeholder discussions are underway to update the framework to reflect new directions anticipated in the upcoming FSDS 2016 to 2019.

Amount and percentage of floor space in buildings over 1000 m² that includes water metering, in the given fiscal year (where feasible).

4,553,144 m²

96% existing Crown-owned buildings.

23,778 m²

100% new Crown-construct and built-to-lease projects.

509,079 m²

100% floor space of major renovations.

Amount (m²) Leases: N/A

Percentage (%): N/A
Departmental actions in support of target
Implementation strategy element or best practice Results achieved
8.1.1.1. Conserve potable water.

Achieved.

Water conservation is included in the project design development processes for new construction and major renovations.
8.1.1.2. Manage storm water run-off.

Achieved.

Storm water management is included in the project design development processes for new construction and major renovations.
8.1.1.4. Meter the water usage in new projects.

Achieved.

Water meters are a requirement in all new construction and major renovation projects.

Best Practice

8.1.2 Conduct potable water audits in Crown-owned assets.

Achieved.

Water audits are a part of utility audits undertaken on a periodic basis for all Crown-owned buildings. Water audits are also a basic requirement for existing building assessment systems used by PSPC.

Best Practice

8.1.4 Reclaimed non-potable water is used for landscape irrigation.

Achieved.

Reclaimed non-potable water (building grey water or harvested rain water) use for landscape irrigation is an option considered on new construction projects or projects that include modifications to a building's plumbing system.

Additional departmental sustainable development activities and initiatives

N/A for PSPC which has no additional DSDS activities and initiatives.

Sustainable development management system

Governance of DSDS commitments within PSPC is under review. Revised governance will address the results of the 2016 audit of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD), which was tabled in Parliament in October 2016. Governance will also address requirements of Cycle 3 of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, which was tabled in Parliament in October 2016.

Strategic environmental assessment

During the 2015 to 2016 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. Through the strategic environmental assessment process, the Department conducted two strategic environmental assessment Preliminary Scans on submissions to Cabinet for proposals dealing with PSPC operations alone. It was concluded that these initiatives did not generate important environmental effects and therefore neither detailed scans nor public statements were required under the Cabinet Directive.

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