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Table 5: Green Procurement

Meeting Policy Requirements

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

In progress

Summary of initiatives to incorporate environmental performance considerations in procurement decision-making processes: The following policies and initiatives have been established to meet the objectives of the Policy on Green Procurement:

  • Energy efficient office equipment procurement policy;
  • Green procurement training;
  • Toner cartridges replacement policy;
  • E-waste initiative;
  • Recycling expansion initiative.

Results achieved: See table below.

Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement: Not applicable.

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)?


Summary of green procurement targets and Results achieved
Summary of green procurement targets: Results achieved:
100% new office equipment purchases have Energy Star accreditation when feasible and available on PWGSC Standing Offers by the end of 2008-09 All new PCs, laptops and printers have Energy Star accreditation
50% of materiel managers, procurement officers and acquisition cardholders have taken the Canada School of Public Service's Green Procurement training course by the end of 2008-09

As of March 31, 2009, 18 of the 39 acquisition cardholders have completed green procurement training.

100% purchase and use of remanufactured or recycled toner cartridges when feasible and available by the end of 2008-09

95% of toner cartridges procured are recycled products.  Five per cent (5%) balance is new cartridges for which there is no current supply of recycled products. However, all used toner cartridges are diverted to recycling.

Computer and office equipment diverted to E-waste depots or returned to manufacturers by 2008-09 while adhering to Crown Asset disposal policy

Used computers (95%) and printers (6%) are re-used in schools through Computers for Schools programs.  The balance of equipment is returned to Crown Assets where possible.

Total volume of recyclable materials (e.g., paper, metals, glass, batteries and plastics) increased by 25% by    2008-09

All offices and shared spaces are equipped with recycling bins. All material wastes are sent to recycling program.