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Departmental Results Report 2016–17: Greening Government Operations

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 objective of the Act to make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) 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 CNSC’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

Department‑led targets

Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government
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 GHG emissions from its buildings and fleets by 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.

Departmental GHG emission reductions from buildings and fleets relative to fiscal year 2005–06, expressed as a percentage

30% or more of the vehicle fleet will be hybrid vehicles

Although the CNSC is not subject to Goal 6, its motor vehicle fleet includes hybrid vehicles wherever operationally possible

Achieved. 33.3% of the motor vehicle fleet (i.e., 7 out of 21 vehicles) is composed of hybrid vehicles. When vehicles are replaced, priority consideration is given to hybrid vehicles that meet operational demands.

Goal 7: waste and asset management

Reduce waste generated and minimize the environmental impacts of assets throughout their lifecycle

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 is in place Yes.
Target 7.2: green procurement

Percentage of procurement or material management staff who have completed training in green procurement

Number and percentage of specialists in procurement and  material management who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Procurement course or equivalent, in the given fiscal year Achieved. 100% have received training (5 out of 5 positions)
80% of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in the given fiscal year Not achieved. 67% (4 out of 6 functional heads) have included support and contribution toward green contribution in their performance evaluations
Training will be provided to all acquisition card holders to familiarize them with the principles of green procurement. All new acquisition card recipients will complete in-house training on greening principles through the acquisition card training within one year of receiving their cards. Achieved. 100% of new acquisition card holders attended training that includes information on green procurement practices.

Implementation strategies: performance summary

The CNSC continues to implement environmentally conscious strategies and best practices that go beyond the mandatory requirements. Below are examples of implementation strategies and best practices that are in place.

Implementation strategies include:

  • promoting awareness through all-staff greening meetings and internal communications
  • promoting electronic bid submissions
  • including information on green procurement in all applicable training directed at managers who make procurement decisions
  • completing conversion to Workplace 2.0 as per the established work plans to increase population density and increase space utilization
  • exploring ways to reduce the number of individual imaging devices at the CNSC
  • defaulting communal printers to print double-sided
  • using energy-efficient computer monitors and printers

The CNSC observes the following best practices, among others:

  • We ensure that all contracting documents that are printed and maintained on file are printed double-sided. We also request that clients print double-sided if they submit paper-based documentation for procurement.
  • We consider common-use procurement instruments, where available and feasible. Where possible, we use procurement instruments from Public Services and Procurement Canada to leverage the environmental considerations that are incorporated in the standing offers. When aligned to clients’ needs, procurement officers notify project authorities of such standing offers and related green procurement options.
  • We file all purchase orders for goods and services valued at under $25,000 electronically and we print all contracting documents double-sided. The majority of CNSC internal clients submit documents electronically.
  • We donate computers that are at the end of their lifecycles to the Computers for Schools Program to maximize the number of uses before the computers are permanently disposed.

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