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Green Procurement

Meeting Policy Requirements

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:

RCMP Green Procurement Working Group to help develop, coordinate and advance Green Procurement in the RCMP.

Mandatory green procurement training for all RCMP procurement officers (using the Canadian School of Public Service online Green Procurement course).

Purchase and increased use of scanners for procurement officers.

Promotion of duplex printing for procurement file documents.

Results achieved:

The Green Procurement Working Group has held three meetings since its inception including an information session provided by the Office of Greening Government Operations. The working group has made progress in identifying green procurement initiatives and suggesting policy direction.

All new procurement officers are required to complete the online CSPS Green Procurement course. Existing procurement staff have all completed the course.

The HQ Procurement office bought five new scanners to share amongst existing staff. Documents that would normally be printed and sent via mail or fax are now sent electronically via e-mail, thereby reducing the use of printer paper, fax machines and mail services.

All procurement staff were encouraged to use the duplex function when printing documents for distribution or filing.

Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:

Participation on the Office of Greening Government Operations – Green Procurement Forum.

Green Procurement Targets

Has the department established green procurement targets?


Summary of green procurement targets:

Completion of CSPS online Green Procurement Course by 100% of materiel managers and procurement personnel. This training will provide the working level with the necessary understanding of the basic concepts of green procurement in the federal government environment.

Increasing the degree of utilization of PWGSC Standing offer agreements (SOA) respecting Green Procurement, using an already assessed “green” procurement tool.

Increasing the purchase of alternative fuels and widening the use of hybrid vehicles in the RCMP fleet in order to reduce the RCMP's overall emission of greenhouse gases.

Increasing compliance and effective use of the corporate tracking system for green procurement activities in order to gain a better measure of green procurement activities.

Results achieved:

70% of materiel managers and procurement personnel completed the CSPS online Green Procurement course.

The RCMP processed 1,417 call-ups against PWGSC standing offers respecting green procurement. This represents a 1.5% increase (as a percentage of overall call-up activity) from the previous year.

4.5% of all fuel purchased in 2009-2010 was E10 blended. For comparative purposes, the E10 percentage to overall fuel purchased for 2008-2009 was 6% and for 2007-2008 it was 2%.

Indicating whether or not a contract was “green procurement” is now a mandatory reporting field in our financial management system (TEAM). This allows for more accurate and timely reporting.