Reporting on Green Procurement

This supplementary information table supports reporting on green procurement activities in accordance with the Policy on Green Procurement.

1. Context

Although the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS), NSERC adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by complying with the Policy on Green Procurement.

The Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada’s effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, NSERC supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision making process through the actions described in the 2019 to 2022 FSDS “Greening Government” goal.

2. Commitments

Greening Government: The Government of Canada will transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient, and green operations

FSDS target(s) FSDS contributing action(s) Corresponding departmental action(s) Starting point(s)
Performance indicator(s)
Results achieved Contribution by each departmental result to the FSDS goal and target

Actions supporting the Greening Government goal and the Policy on Green Procurement

Departments will use environmental criteria to reduce the environmental impact and ensure best value in government procurement decisions

Integrate environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls

Copy paper, commercial printing and /or envelope purchases will contain 100% recycled content and be certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production.

Starting point: 95% of current paper contains a minimum of 30% recycled content.

Target: 90% of paper will contain 100 % recycled content

No change - 95% of current paper contains a minimum of 30% recycled content.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and remote work, the department has not purchased paper in the last fiscal year

Motivate suppliers to reduce the environmental impact of their goods, services and supply chains.


Insert in all contracts a procedure to provide Finance with an electronic copy of invoices instead of a paper copy.

Starting point: 90% in 2019

Target: 100% by 2021

Target of 100% met


Minimize packaging waste by adding a packaging criterion to RFQ’s when ordering goods.

Starting point: 10% in 2019

Target: 60% by 2021

No change. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all goods purchased were either done so on a sole source bases (NO RFQ) or were purchased on our behalf by Shared Services Canada


Support for green procurement will be strengthened, including guidance, tools and training for public service employees

Ensure that decisions makers, and material management and procurement specialists have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement

Percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent.

Starting point: 87.5% in 2019

Target: 100% by 2020

Target of 100% met

Motivate procurement officer to purchase green goods and services.

3. Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2020–21 reporting cycle, NSERC had no proposals that required a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and no public statements were produced.

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