Departmental Performance Report 2013-14: Greening Government Operations

Green Procurement Targets

Strategies and/or Comments

  1. Approach: The Department's approach to implementing green procurement.

    The CNSC’s Director General (DG) of Finance and Administration (FAD) is mandated to address all aspects of the PWGSC Policy on Green Procurement. The DG of FAD is also co-chair of the CNSC Greening Committee, which supports the CNSC’s efforts in becoming an environmentally responsible organization by promoting green practices, by inspiring employees to change behaviour and by demonstrating environmental leadership. The CNSC Greening Committee has produced a dedicated web page and logo, and recently promoted greening practices during Environment Week.

  2. Management Processes and Controls:

    The CNSC continues to use PWGSC procurement instruments where possible to leverage the environmental considerations incorporated in standing offers.

  3. Specific Targets:
    1. Continue efforts to reduce the number of imaging devices, with a goal of reducing the number of devices by 25 percent in 2013–14 and another 25 percent in 2014–15 from 2011–12 levels.
    2. Reduce paper consumption by 20 percent from 2011–12 levels.
    3. Purchase a hybrid vehicle according to the CNSC’s fleet life management cycle.
    4. Include environmental considerations in procurement tools and processes, and in bidding processes to increase awareness and results.
  4. Green Procurement Training:

    The CNSC continued to ensure that all procurement staff received training under the green procurement course (C215) offered at the Canada School of Public Service. The CNSC also continued its efforts to increase awareness in greening government operations through administration professionals and managers’ forums, as well as events organized by the Greening Committee.

  5. Performance Evaluations:

    Performance objectives related to green procurement are included in the performance evaluations of senior contracting officers and managers of the contracting unit.

  6. Progress Status:
    1. The CNSC continued with its imaging device strategy by introducing multifunction devices and removing older and less efficient devices. As a result, the CNSC has reduced its fleet of imaging device by 14% from 2011-12.
    2. The CNSC has reduced its paper consumption by 25% from 2011-12 levels, exceeding our target of 20%.
    3. The CNSC purchased a hybrid vehicle according to the CNSC's fleet life management cycle.
    4. In terms of including environmental considerations in procurement tools and processes, procurement officers are now processing orders under $10K electronically (no physical files) and are currently evaluating e-options that will reduce the printing required for contract file management. In addition, bidders are invited to submit bids electronically where possible.
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