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Green Procurement

Meeting Policy Requirements

Has the department incorporated environmental performance considerations in its procurement decision-making processes?  In progress

In progress

Summary of initiatives to incorporate environmental performance considerations in procurement decision-making processes:

  • Have support of Green Procurement Policy reflected in Performance Management Agreements (PMAs).
  • All purchasing activities at NRCan must be entered into the departmental procurement module. All transactions outside of acquisition card purchases have a mandatory field that must be completed to indicate if the purchase is green or not. For service transactions valued at over $5,000 a mandatory checklist, which includes environmental considerations, is completed by the RC Manager. Acquisition cards are used as both a procurement and a payment tool, and would remain outside the scope of specific green procurement controls.
  • Participation in departmental and interdepartmental meetings on green procurement
  • Fully supporting the use of teleworking and other analogous efforts.
  • SSO ITS (Requirements Assessment Team) in collaboration with Procurement Services have strongly encouraged the use of network printer consumables and suppliers that offer a collect and credit service, i.e. recycling, for toner cartridges.

Environmental performance considerations: When purchasing a vehicle, the Departmental Fleet Manager will use the following factors to determine which vehicle to order:
1.) vehicle technologies that will contribute to a maximum reduction in overall life-cycle emissions;
2.) alternative-fuel vehicles; other environmental considerations; and
3.) life-cycle costs, including initial purchase cost, fuel efficiency and projected resale value. Departmental Fleet Management will also analyze and evaluate various transportation options so they can manage ground transportation in a way that will reduce total travel cost and directly contribute to a reduction of greenhouse gas from tailpipe emissions.

Results achieved:

  • PMAshave continued to include the contribution of and support for green procurement policy objectives.
  • Periodic procedural review measures have confirmed compliance with the procurement process and control specifications in No. 2 above.
  • Made Green procurement (GP) online course mandatory for all procurement staff.
  • All procurement staff members in NCR completed their respective GP training by March 31st , 2010.

Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:

Natural Resources Canada’s contributions to the ongoing management of the federal Policy on Green Procurement (PGP) during fiscal year 2009-2010 included activities in the following areas:

Performance Measurement Framework:

  • Provision of advice to PWGSC on further refinement of the Framework.

Communications and Engagement:

  • Provision of advice and expertise to refine/update the Green Procurement communications plan and engagement strategy.
  • Contribution to the joint planning of the second interdepartmental Green Procurement Forum which was hosted at NRCan.

Guidelines and Tools:

  • Provision of advice and expertise on the review/consolidation of guidelines and tools for Green Procurement, planned revisions to the green procurement web site hosted by PWGSC, including web content.


  • Provision of advise and technical expertise on updating the online Green Procurement course hosted by the Canada School of Public Service

Commodity Management:

  • Provision of advice and expertise to PWGSC on the establishment of green government-wide procurement instruments.

Green Procurement Targets

Has the department established green procurement targets?

In progress

Summary of green procurement targets:

  • Increase the number of photocopier rentals/leases that qualify as green procurements (i.e. meet green procurement criteria).
  • Increase the number of IT hardware purchases that qualify as a green procurements.

Results achieved:

  • The percentage of photocopier rentals/leases that qualified as green procurements in 2009–10 reached 28% ($281,400 out of $1,009,193).
  • The percentage of IT hardware purchases* that qualified as a green procurements in 2008–09 was 12.8% [* based on a search in the procurement system using line object 0926 (Computer hardware equipment - large/medium) and 0928 (Computer hardware equipment – small)]. SSO Procurement Services uses mandatory Standing Offers set up by PWGSC for GP, and uses multifunctional printing devices to reduce power consumption, ink cartridge usage. Also Procurement Services avails itself to videoconference usage.