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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:

Green procurement and environmental considerations continue to evolve at NRC. Training objectives have been established for all Procurement Officers. A training program will also be extended to end-users holding acquisition cards to facilitate green procurement. Performance evaluations of supervisors and managers are also planned. For green procurement, NRC relies heavily on the Standing Offers that Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has put in place and the green considerations that were built into them. NRC also now has green reporting capability in its SAP accounting system. Procurement officers have been using it regularly to capture green procurement purchase activity.

Results achieved:

  • Training of Procurement Officers and Materiel Management (MM) staff started in 2009-2010.
  • In 2009-2010, NRC processed 1008 "Green" purchase order lines (with multiple item quantities per line) valued at $993,351. Of the 1008 lines processed, 896 lines or 89% were call-ups against PWGSC Standing Offers.
  • Two additional hybrid vehicles were purchased in the past fiscal year; and an E85 van is being used as a delivery vehicle doing 30,000 km/year, significantly reducing greenhouse gases.
  • NRC continues to specify environmentally friendly products meeting the Green Seal Standard in its Janitorial Contracts requirements.
  • Remediation efforts are underway to clean up contaminated sites in Montreal, Ottawa and Penticton.
  • Four Purchase Orders were issued in British Columbia in the area of Clean Energy to identify opportunities, partnerships, technology, and strategy for Growing Clean Energy.
  • Replaced steam boilers in Montreal with Energy Efficient units.
  • Installed high efficiency lighting in growth rooms in Saskatoon, resulting in $27,000 annual savings.
  • Replaced windows costing $846 K in Saskatoon resulting in energy savings.
  • Purchased 2 nitrogen generators, which use less nitrogen as it recycles the nitrogen.

Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:

NRC continues to participate on the Green Procurement Working Group for government departments in order to stay abreast of developments and to develop improved green procurement plans and initiatives.

Green Procurement Targets

Has the department established green procurement targets?
Green procurement objectives have been established but only for 2010-2011

Summary of green procurement targets:

  • Training of Procurement and Materiel Management staff in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011
  • Training of end-users with acquisition cards in 2010-2011
  • Performance Evaluations for Procurement/Materiel Management managers in 2010-2011
  • Extensive use of PWGSC Green Standing offers

Results achieved:

Fifteen percent of procurement staff has completed the Green procurement training in 2009-2010.