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1. Has the department incorporated environmental performance considerations in its procurement decision-making processes?
2. Summary of initiatives to incorporate environmental performance considerations in procurement decision-making processes:
In support of environmentally focused efforts by the Department and the federal government as a whole, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has placed significant focus on the need to green departmental operations where possible. The Department continues to explore greener options related to vehicle acquisition processes, and has increased the ethonol-blend-rated and hybrid vehicles in the Department's fleet. AAFC's Procurement Review Board reviews all significant procurement activities and incorporates environmental performance considerations where practical and feasible. The Department continues to inform clients on the importance of incorporating green elements into procurement requirements. For example, AAFC only approves a major cleaning services contract if the client incorporates green initiatives into the Request for Proposal. The Department is also exploring a means to promote and make mandatory the use of duplex (two-sided) printing to decrease paper consumption and considers duplex capability in its acquisition plans.
3. Results achieved:
AAFC succeeded in incorporating green elements into the procurement approval process. For example, AAFC awarded nine contracts for cleaning services in 2009-10 (total value of $5.1 million), all of which incorporated the use of green products and practices.
4. Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement: