Standard on the Disclosure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Setting of Reduction Targets

The objective of this standard is to induce major suppliers to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and set reduction targets according to the commitments in the Greening Government Strategy.
Date modified: 2022-11-14

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1. Preamble

2. Effective date

  • 2.1This standard takes effect on April 1, 2023.
  • 2.2Procurements commenced after the effective date are required to apply this standard.

3. Standard

  • 3.1This standard provides details on the requirements set out in subsections 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3 of the Policy on Green Procurement.
  • 3.2

    Organizations described in section 3 of the Policy on Green Procurement must:

    • 3.2.1 Ensure that the process for procurements over $25 million, including taxes, induces suppliers to measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and adopt a science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement as part of participating in the Net-Zero Challenge or in an equivalent initiative or standard.

4. Reporting

  • 4.1

    Organizations described in section 3 of the Policy on Green Procurement must:

    • 4.1.1

      Submit to the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, at the time of the annual call letter of the Greening Government Strategy:

      • The total volume of spending and number of contracts that have applied subsection 3.2.1; and
      • The percentage of contracts over $25 million, including taxes, for which subsection 3.2.1 applies.
  • 4.2The information submitted according to subsection 4.1.1 may also be used to meet other reporting obligations under the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

5. Application

  • 5.1This standard applies to organizations described in section 3 of the Policy on Green Procurement.
  • 5.2

    This standard does not apply to:

    • 5.2.1Contractual arrangements;
    • 5.2.2Procurements using emergency contracting authorities; or
    • 5.2.3Procurements established through foreign military sales.
  • 5.3

    This standard does not apply if:

    • 5.3.1It is determined that it is not feasible or appropriate to apply subsection 3.2.1 in the procurement; and
    • 5.3.2

      The official responsible for subsection 3.2.1, as named by the deputy head, has approved a rationale justifying why subsection 3.2.1 was not applied in the procurement.

      • rationale should include evidence why subsection 3.2.1 could not be applied in a procurement, such as evidence that suppliers for a specific procurement are not able to comply.

6. Definitions

contractual arrangement (entente contractuelle)
A written arrangement to procure goods, services, or construction, for payment or other appropriate consideration, that is subject to Treasury Board contracting limits, and that is signed by a contracting authority and a representative of one or more government entities, countries or international organizations, or other public entities.

7. References

8. Enquiries

  • 8.1Direct enquiries about this standard to your organization’s headquarters. For interpretation of this standard, organizational headquarters should contact
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