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Although the Federal Sustainable Development Goals are not directly linked with the mandate of the Department, Veterans Affairs Canada remains committed to reducing our environmental footprint. In the development of the fourth round of the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS), the focus was on fewer, more manageable and realistic commitments in the areas of federal governance, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, green stewardship, quality of life, regulatory compliance, and waste and water management.
Since tabling our latest SDS, we have seen success in meeting many environmental targets and contributed to the federal SD goals of clean water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and governance for sustainable development.
|SDS Departmental Commitment||Federal SD Goal (s) including Greening Government Operation (GGO) Goals (if applicable)||Performance Measure||Departmental Expected Result for 2007-2008||Achieved SDS Departmental Result for 2007-2008|
|1||100% of materiel managers and procurement personnel take green procurement training by 2010. (GGO Government-wide target)||Governance for Sustainable Development||Report annually on the percentage of materiel managers and procurement community trained. (GGO Government-wide performance measure)||5% of materiel managers and procurement community trained||6%|
|2||Quantity of green products purchased is increased by 15%||Governance for Sustainable Development||Report annually on the dollar value spent on green procurement (GGO Government-wide performance measure)||5% increase in green products purchased||Reporting information not available|
|3||Conduct an analysis of paper usage and implement strategies to reduce paper usage||Decrease in quantity of paper purchased||10% reduction||4.8% reduction|
|4||Conduct an analysis of printer/photocopier inventory and implement strategies to pool resources and explore use of multi-functional equipment||Report annually on reduced number of non-duplex printers and photocopiers||5% reduction||43% decrease in non-duplex printers from 2005-06 (data not available for 2006-07)
All photocopiers have duplex capability
|5||Reduce by 15% from 2002-2003 levels, GHG emissions per vehicle kilometre from Veterans Affairs' fleet by 2010 (GGO government-wide target)||Reduce greenhouse gas emissions||Annual average GHG emissions per vehicle kilometre (GGO Government-wide performance measure)||5% decrease||29% decrease from 2002-03|
|6||All gasoline purchased for federal road vehicle will be ethanol-blended, where available (GGO government-wide target)||Reduce greenhouse gas emissions||Percentage of litres of gasoline purchased for federal road vehicles that is ethanol-blended (GGO Government-wide performance measure)||3.2% increase||10.7% increase|
|7||Conduct an analysis of vehicle (fleet, personal, rental) usage by staff and implement strategies to reduce GHG emissions||Analysis has been conducted and next steps have been identified||N/A||Analysis has been conducted|
|8||In support of the overall Federal House In Order target of 31%, reduce GHG emissions by 2010 at Ste. Anne's Hospital (GGO government-wide target)||Reduce greenhouse gas emissions||Report annually the percent reduction in GHG emissions at Ste. Anne's Hospital (GGO Government-wide performance measure)||20% reduction||34.7% reduction since 1991|
|9||Raise awareness on sustainable development issues and solutions through communication to all staff||Number of communications delivered to staff||24 messages
(2 per month)
|10||A high percentage of all Client Service Teams to have undergone certification through Veterans Affairs Canada's National Certification Program by 2010||Report annually on percentage of Client Service Teams that have undergone certification||17%||53.8% of Client Service Teams have undergone a certification review|
|11||Based on applied research evidence, implement continuing care strategies to improve supportive services for Veterans, seniors, and their families||Report annually on decisions made as a result of continuing care studies||ongoing||Ongoing.
This project was completed in March 2008
|12||Comply with applicable Federal environmental regulatory obligations at Ste. Anne's Hospital||Increase compliance with environmental regulatory clauses||100%||100%|
|13||Increase amount of waste recycled by 15% at Ste. Anne's Hospital by 2009||Increase amount of material recycled at Ste. Anne's Hospital by 2009||5% increase||9% increase|
|14||Reduce water consumption per square foot by 5% at Ste. Anne's Hospital by 2009||Clean Water||Decrease in litres of water consumed.||1% decrease||5% decrease|