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The Policy on Green Procurement effective April 1, 2006, established environmental performance considerations as a key factor in procurement decisions that occur throughout the life cycle of assets and acquired services. The objective of the Policy on Green Procurement is to advance the protection of the environment and support sustainable development by integrating environment performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process. Deputy heads are accountable to ensure that the objectives of the Policy are realized and are required to report on green procurement performance through the annual RPP and the DPR.
Supplementary information on green procurement can be found at http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ecologisation-greening/index-eng.html.
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:
A national bulletin is being prepared for distribution to all managers in Transport Canada regarding the procurement of greener office supplies and the availability of on-line training in green procurement.
Every year, an investment planning exercise presents an opportunity to review short and long term plans for the procurement of fleet motor vehicles. A framework and strategy is prepared and approved at the highest department level. The plan focuses on alternative fuel vehicles as well as maximizing return on investment for this commodity.
The Department has implemented an aggressive strategy to deal with printers and photocopiers replacing such devices with multi-functional units - a pilot project was delivered successfully and PWGSC is now tendering to supply the remaining floors in Place de Ville Tower C as the next phase.
At this stage it is difficult to report actual and hard results but the departmental focus on environmental considerations remains a top priority and maintains a very high profile in decision-making.
Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:
Has the department established green procurement targets?
Are these green procurement targets the same as those identified in your Sustainable Development Strategy (Table 8)?
Summary of green procurement targets: