Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Overview of the federal government’s approach to sustainable development

The 2013–16 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, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities described in this supplementary information table.

2. Our Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy describes the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s actions in support of Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government. The report for 2016–17 presents a high level overview of results and is the final report under the 2013–16 FSDS. Last year’s report is available on the departmental website.

3. Departmental performance highlights

Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government

Under Theme IV, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada contributed to the 2013–16 FSDS through two implementation strategies for Goal 7: waste and asset management.

FSDS goal FSDS target FSDS performance indicator FSDS performance results

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.

Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place.

Number and percentage of specialists in procurement and/or material management who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Procurement course or equivalent, in the given fiscal year.

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

Departmental performance indicators for departmental green procurement targets:

  • Business travel/accommodation
    Dollar value or number of accommodation stays that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or number of all accommodation stays in the year in question
  • Imaging, Hardware and Consumables/Toner Cartridges
    Volume of toner cartridges recycled relative to total volume of all toner cartridges purchased in the year in question
  • Paper
    Volume of annual amount spent on copy paper, commercial printing and/or envelopes that contain a minimum of 30% recycled content relative to the total amount spent on paper in the year in question

The overall result is to achieve environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services

Yes (achieved)

Target - Planned No.: 4
Result achieved: 100%

Target - Planned No.: 2
Result achieved: 50%

Target: 50% by March 31, 2017
Result achieved: 80%

Target: 90% by March 31, 2017
Result achieved: 90%

Target: 95% by March 31, 2017
Result achieved: 95%

 

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

Integrate environmental considerations into corporate policies, processes and practices in accordance with departmental refresh cycles

Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (printer ratios, paper usage and green meetings)

Reuse or recycle workplace material and assets in an environmentally sound and secure manner.

The overall result is to achieve a reduced environmental impact for departmental workplace operations.

Achieved

Achieved

Achieved

Implementation strategies: performance summary

The department:

  • integrated environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls;
  • leveraged common use of procurement instruments where available and feasible;
  • trained acquisition cardholders on green procurement;
  • increased awareness on the Policy on Green Procurement among managers.

4. Report on Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2016–17 reporting cycle, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada 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. As the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada did not develop any initiatives that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment, no related public statements were produced.

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