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Green Procurement

Meeting Policy Requirements

Has the department incorporated environmental performance considerations in its procurement decision-making processes?


Summary of initiatives to incorporate environmental performance considerations in procurement decision-making processes:

The IRB is a small agency with very little procurement activity. Approximately 85% of the IRB's procurement is for goods and services already covered by mandatory standing offer categories. PWGSC has established procurement tools for all departments and agencies for these mandatory commodities and the decision-making is done at PWGSC. In the limited number of procurements where decision-making was done at the IRB, management made conscious efforts to consider green products in its procurement strategy.

Results achieved:

Effective April 1, 2009, all network printers were set to duplex mode. In April 2009, the IRB disposed of broken chairs, broken filing cabinets and shelves through a metal recycling company. A total of 2,467 kilograms of metal were recycled.

Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:

Not applicable to the IRB, as per Section 8 of the Policy.

Green Procurement Targets

Has the department established green procurement targets?


Are these green procurement targets the same as those identified in your Sustainable Development Strategy (Table 8)?

Not applicable to the IRB, as per Section 8 of the Policy.

Summary of green procurement targets:

Targets are:

  • Purchase 100% recycled paper for all printers and photocopiers
  • 50% of office supply purchases will be environmentally preferred products
  • 80% of furniture purchases will be green: this includes rotary and guest chairs, partitions, tables, etc.

Results achieved:

As of January 2009, all the paper purchased at the IRB is 100% recycled. We are also promoting green procurement to managers for office supplies and office furniture.