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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:

CSC will develop the methodology and processes for collecting data on benchmarks and targets for Green Procurement and will report on the results in the 2011-12 DPR.

Results achieved:

As per the CSC Sustainable Development Strategy for the period of 2007-2010, our target concerning green policy was as follows:

  • By March 2010, we will develop and publish an internal policy on Green Procurement;

The policy has been developed and is currently at its consultation stage, it is expected to be published during this fiscal year.

Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:

CSC has been an active participant in meetings of both the PWGSC Office of Greening Government Operations (OGGO) and the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS).

CSC has adopted the guideline for the disposal of federal surplus electronic and electric equipment, thereby being consistant with the government-wide requirements of The Treasury Board Directive on Disposal of Surplus Materiel, the Policy on Government Security. CSC uses asset disposal options that maximize reuse and achieve best value for the Crown.

Green Procurement Targets

Has the department established green procurement targets?


Summary of green procurement targets:

CSC’s SDS 2007-2010 committed to the following two targets on green procurement:
Target 1.1.3: By March 2010, 10% of all new acquired vehicles will have been hybrid models or will run on alternative fuels
Target 6.1.3: By March 2010, 50% of our purchasing officers will receive training on Green Procurement

Although there are no specific green procurement products / initiatives that were identified in the SDS, the following products / initiatives have been identified as priority based on departmental buying patterns:

  • Phosphate-free detergents and cleaners;
  • Two sided printers/photocopiers;
  • Compact fluorescents and energy efficient electronic light ballasts;
  • Ethanol 85 (E85) and hybrid cards for vehicle fleet;
  • Air-cooled A/C systems instead of water cooled systems;
  • Promotion of suppliers to reduce packaging;
  • Renewable energy projects including installation of wind turbines.
CSC continues to demonstrate its commitment to these initiatives through funding up to $5 million per year on environmental projects.

Results achieved:

Both targets from CSC’s SDS 2007-2010 have either been met or exceeded.

For the fiscal year 2010-2011, and for future years, the following is a positive environmental impact as a result of the reduction in packaging for uniform procurements. This change will have the following impacts (on an annual basis):

  • 1 ton of wood saved
  • 12 mature trees saved
  • 10,212 litres of water saved.

The installation of the wind turbine at Dorchester Penitentiary has resulted in the generation of approximately 20 percent of their own electricity demands, saving an estimated $110,000 per year in energy costs. The installation is projected to reduce the facility’s carbon emissions by 940 metric tons.