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Table 7: Sustainable Development Strategies

The following table includes a number of commitments made by National Defence to green its operations.  At the government-wide level, these departmental commitments are co-ordinated by the Office of Greening Government Operations (OGGO) at PWGSC, which includes work toward common governance, measurement, and reporting methods across departments.  In summary, the four overarching Strategic Commitments aim to protect the health of ecosystems; protect human health and the environment through the responsible management; protect the atmosphere through reduction in emissions; and integrate environmental considerations fully into Defence management processes, systems and activities.  Of the total number of supporting strategic commitments, none were exceeded, 1 was met, 11 are on track, and 4 were not satisfactory. The three Sustainable Development Strategies (SDS) 2000/2003 Legacy Targets were not met.

Points to Address

Departmental Input

1.  What are the key goals, objectives, and/or long-term targets of the SDS? The key goals and overarching Strategic Commitments of Defence’s SDS 2006 are to:
  • protect the health of ecosystems through the sustainable use of training areas;
  • protect human health and the environment through the responsible management of hazardous materials and addressing departmental contaminated sites;
  • protect the atmosphere through reduction in the Ozone Depleting Potential of in-service systems and equipment using halocarbons and reduce Green House Gas emissions; and
  • integrate environmental considerations fully into Defence management processes, systems and activities through integration of sustainable buildings concepts into the design process, and promulgate a Defence Green Procurement policy.
2.  How do your key goals, objectives, and/or long-term targets help achieve your department’s strategic outcomes? Defence SDS 2006 looks further out than the 3-year cycle of the strategy itself.  The Strategic Commitment on sustainable military training areas for instance spans the period 2003 to 2010, continuing its support of resource conservation, sound environmental stewardship and good governance.  Defence is the government’s largest employer and consumer of goods and services and is one of the largest landholders.  As such, the Department acts in compliance with the Government of Canada’s administrative and governance policies, legislation and regulations, and contributes to broader government priorities through responsible stewardship of the assets with which it has been entrusted.

Furthermore, in addition to the traditional Strategic Commitments contained in the Defence strategy, SDS 2006 also contains four Monitoring Commitments (commitments to report on government priorities, such as water consumption) and three Legacy Targets (targets that were not met in SDS 2000 or SDS 2003, but on which the Department will continue to report until the targets are fully achieved).

3.  What were your targets for the reporting period? Sixteen Strategic Commitments are set out in Table 1 of the Defence SDS 2006supporting the key goals listed above.
4.  What is your progress to date? For the first year of reporting on SDS 2006:

1 Strategic Commitment has been met: SC.3.1. (Supporting the federal Green Procurement agenda);

11 Strategic Commitments are on track: SC.1.2. (Developing urban forest policies, and implementing Urban Forest plans at all affected bases); SC.2.2. (Improving the Department’s understanding of the feasibility of  “bundled” Energy Performance Contracts and sharing the lessons learned with federal colleagues); SC.3.2. (Developing and integrating where appropriate Green Procurement modules and messages into all existing training); SC.3.3. (Eliminate or reduce 30% of specified nationally procured high-risk hazardous materials (HRHM) from use by 31 March 2010 from a baseline of 31 March 2007); SC.3.4. (Acquiring, using and maintaining greener vehicles); SC.3.5. (Reducing vehicle GHG emissions by 15% within the commercial pattern on road vehicle departmental fleet by 31 March 2010); SC.3.7. (Minimizing the environmental liability associated with bulk petroleum fuel storage infrastructure and distribution assets); SC.4.1. (Reducing disposal of waste fuel by 31 March 2010); SC.4.3. (Reduce the contaminated sites liability by 7% per year from a baseline of 31 March 2006); SC.4.4. (Reducing the weight of halocarbons by 5% in in-service systems and equipment as expressed by their Ozone Depletion Potential per year by 31 March 2010 from a baseline of 31 March 2004); and, SC.4.5. (Reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 134.9 kilotonne carbon dioxide equivalent by 2010 from 1998 baseline); and,

4 Strategic Commitment are not satisfactory: SC.1.1 (Measuring the sustainability of military training areas and managing them accordingly); SC.2.1. (Expanding the integration of the Green Building concept into the total design process); SC.3.6. (Piloting a managed print solution); and, SC.4.2. (Reducing the long-term impact of releases to the environment by: Increasing the recovery of lead by 5% from 2003/2004). Measuring the sustainability of military training areas and managing them accordingly.

None of the three SDS 2000 Legacy targets, also pursued during SDS 2003, were met: SDS 2000 target A.3. (Develop and implement Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plans at all Bases /Wings); SDS 2000 target B.1. (Develop and implement Hazardous Material Management Plans at all Bases/Wings/Organizations); and, SDS 2000 target D.1. (Implement Environmental Management Systems).  While there has been some progress on each of the Legacy targets during this reporting year, 100% completion has yet to be achieved.

5.  What adjustments have you made, if any? (To better set the context for this information, discuss how lessons learned have influenced your adjustments.) With the first year of the three-year reporting cycle for SDS 2006 completed, the Department continues to refine the content of business planning and functional guidance tools to promote innovative activities, including sustainable building, and cost-saving and environmentally sound activities, such as energy performance contracting. National Defence is concerned with the continuing failure to address problematic areas, for instance the rationalization and upgrading of fuel storage tanks.  Many of the lessons learned from these initiatives have been formalised within the new (SDS 2006) iteration of the Defence SDS.  In fact, lessons learned during the process of SDS 2003 have led the Department to include the three targets that were not reached in FY 06/07 as commitments in SDS 2006 to further improve the Department’s understanding of and performance on these issues.  The failure to “close the book” on the SDS 2000 Legacy Targets during this SDS cycle is a cause for increasing concern.

Source:  Assistant Deputy Minister(Infrastructure and Environment) Group

Status of Fuel Storage Tanks on DND Land

As required under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), Part IV, Registration of Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products on Federal Lands Regulations, this report provides the information set out in Schedule II of the aforementioned regulation, updated to December 16, 2006.

The following number of aboveground storage tanks systems:

Are registered with DND: 931 (DND owned 901, non-DND 30).

DND owned systems that comply with the Federal Aboveground Storage Tank Technical Guidelines: 158

DND owned systems that do not comply with the Federal Aboveground Storage Tank Technical Guidelines: 222

The following number of underground storage tank systems:

Are registered with DND: 951 (DND owned 201, non-DND 750).

DND owned systems that comply with the Federal Underground Storage Tank Technical Guidelines: 78

DND owned systems that do not comply with the Federal Underground Storage Tank Technical Guidelines: 25

Explanatory Note:  DND maintains a consolidated record of all registered storage tanks in a national database.  Due to data gaps in this consolidated record, it was not possible to determine compliance with the applicable Technical Guidelines for 521 aboveground tanks and 98 underground tanks (DND owned).