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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 green procurement objective was developed in 2006 and included in the 2007-2009 Sustainable Development Strategy under Challenge 7: Improve management of Transport Canada operation and lands. Targets have been incorporated into the departmental environmental management system which requires annual updates on progress.
A website for internal users to provide guidance on environmental purchasing.
The Guide to Procurement and Materiel Management includes a section on environmental considerations associated with the contracting process.
Transport Canada's incorporation of environmental considerations into the vehicle fleet purchasing process illustrates the department's support and commitment to green procurement and has resulted in a green vehicle fleet.
Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:
Has the department established green procurement targets?
Summary of green procurement targets:
The following targets are included in the departmental environmental management system action plan for green procurement and are designed to help meet the Greening of Government Operations guidance document:
To disseminate a Bulletin to departmental Responsibility Centre Managers on Green Procurement by end of fiscal year;
The Bulletin will recommend that buyers take the ½ day PWGSC online training course on green procurement available through Campusdirect, as required;
The Bulletin will provide a link to PWGSC’s Standing Offer Index that can isolate green standing offers for viewing and will encourage buyers to purchase green consumables as often as possible taking into consideration cost-effectiveness;
To expand management print output pilot project from six floors in Tower C, and introduce program to Regions; and
To continue to increase purchase of green vehicles for the fleet, and to challenge all proposed purchases of non-green vehicles.
These targets were developed to increase the purchase of green products (including vehicles), to recommend that department buyers are trained in green purchasing as required, and to provide a more effective and cost efficient output environment by utilizing multifunctional devices.
The Bulletin is drafted and will be available to the manager community by Fall 2010.