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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada



Green Procurement

How is the Department planning to meet the objectives of the Policy on Green Procurement?

Green Procurement, which is a building block in our life-cycle approach to the management of assets, has been a focus of federal greening efforts. The department has integrated environmental performance into planning, acquisition, use and disposal, which can reduce in-use costs as well as produce positive impacts on the environment. This includes promoting the purchasing of green products and ensuring that disposal is in accordance with environmental standards. Purchasing greener products, whether more energy efficient, less harmful or containing a higher percentage of recycled material, can have significant benefits.

The government-wide guidance document on greening operations had specific suggestions for green procurement, green fleet and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. AAFC has responded with annual commitments on green procurement as follows:

  1. Ongoing provision of green procurement training to the procurement community within AAFC, either through TBS Professional Development and Certification Program or other green procurement course offerings;
  2. Reduction of three per cent per year in paper consumption in the NCR, through the increase of the number of duplex printers in the department, specifically NCR;
  3. 10 per cent annual increase in the number of duplex printers in operation across the department; and
  4. Inclusion of green technical specifications (use of green products and practices) where possible, in building cleaning contracts for facilities.

Has your department established green procurement targets?

Yes, AAFC has identified four green procurement targets, which are included in its Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS). AAFC’s SDS IV, Making Progress Together, can be found on the department's website.

Describe the green procurement targets that have been set by your department and indicate the associated benefits anticipated.

  1. Ongoing provision of green procurement training to the procurement community within AAFC, either through TBS Professional Development and Certification Program, mandatory courses offered by the Canda School of public Service or other green procurement course offerings. The focus of the mandatory training will be on new employees who join the procurement community.

    Benefits: Improved awareness and application of the green procurement policy. Through this awareness and knowledge, the procurement community can integrate green procurement practices in their areas of responsibility.

  2. Reduction of three per cent per year in paper consumption in the NCR, through the increase of the number of duplex printers in the department, specifically NCR.

    Benefits: Reduced paper usage has a direct positive impact on the environment.

  3. Inclusion of green technical specifications (use of green products and practices) where possible, in building cleaning contracts for facilities.

    Benefits: Increased use of green products and practices has a direct positive impact on the environment.

  4. Identify opportunities to increase the number of printers and photocopiers with duplex functionality within the Department and promote the use of the duplex function among employees

    Benefits: Reduction in paperwaste leading to a positive impact on the environment.

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Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency



Table: Green Procurement


1 How is ACOA planning to meet the objectives of the Policy on Green Procurement?

ACOA has established green procurement targets, which have been included in the Agency’s 2007-2010 Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS). The Agency’s internal procurement policy is being updated to reflect the green procurement requirements; staff occupying procurement positions have the necessary training to support the objectives of the strategy; and benchmarks will be established to monitor progress.

2 Has ACOA established green procurement targets? Yes
3 Describe the green procurement targets that have been set by your department and indicate the associated benefits anticipated.

Three targets have been set in ACOA’s 2007-2010 SDS initiative. Anticipated benefits are as follows:

1. Increased use of remanufactured toner cartridges. This will reduce energy consumption in manufacturing and reduce wastage of cartridge shells.

2. Increased volume of existing supplies being substituted by green products in the workplace. The increased use of recycled products will help reduce pollution, and using environmentally-friendly products reduces the impact on the environment.

3. The purchase of energy-efficient replacement equipment will help reduce energy consumption. Buying hybrid vehicles for fleet replacement will help reduce the Agency’s ecological footprint.


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Canada Border Services Agency



Green Procurement

Summary

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is currently reviewing a green procurement policy that will be introduced to all CBSA branches and regions once it is approved. The policy will provide information that will be used to help reduce the environmental impacts of the CBSA's operations and promote environmental stewardship by integrating environmental performance considerations in the procurement process. The procurement of environmentally friendly products and services is an integral aspect of the CBSA's commitment to sustainable development and is one of the ways the CBSA ensures responsible procurement and best value for Canadians

The policy will be integrated into management processes and controls, and ongoing green procurement training will be offered and become mandatory and will be included in employee performance evaluations.

Green Procurement Targets and Benefits

Green procurement means changing what goods and services the CBSA buys and how it buys them in ways that reduce its environmental impacts. The environmental benefits of green procurement include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air contaminants, ozone-depleting substances, solid waste and hazardous chemical use and waste. Greening improves energy and water efficiency, encourages reuse and recycling, and improves the indoor work environment.

Green procurement is set within the context of achieving best value for money (price, quality, availability, functionality). It integrates environmental performance considerations into the procurement process and addresses the full life cycle of the product or service to be acquired (i.e. throughout the planning, acquisition, in-service use and disposal phases). Green procurement also requires an understanding of the environmental aspects and potential impacts and costs associated with the life-cycle assessment of goods and services being acquired.

Purchasing environmentally responsible products or services may help reduce costs as environmentally preferable products and services are typically more resource-efficient and require less energy, water and other resources to produce, use and/or dispose of them.

Table 1: Status Report on Green Procurement Targets


Status Report on Green Procurement Targets
Target Status
Develop a partnership strategy on horizontal sustainable development issues Completed
Develop a 2007–12 greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategy Completed
Apply Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification standards to new CBSA-owned border crossing facilities Completed
Reduce by 15 percent (from 2002–03 levels) greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle kilometre Completed
Purchase ethanol-blended fuel for vehicle fleet, where available Completed
Undertake a pilot project that uses technology in boardrooms to reduce travel Completed
Create a virtual sustainable development centre of expertise Completed
Develop and implement a national green procurement program In progress
Develop and implement a paper reduction policy In progress

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Canada Industrial Relations Board



Table 1: Green Procurement

How is your department planning to meet the objectives of the Policy on Green Procurement?

The Canada Industrial Relations Board is supporting the protection of the environment and sustainable development by providing environmental considerations into the procurement decision-making process and choosing preferable goods and services within the green market. The CIRB purchases primarily involve office supplies, office furniture and IT equipment. These purchases are made through the use of the PWGSC Standing Offer on products and services that provides best prices, better quality and a green procurement guarantee (e.g, recycled material, environmental performance).

Has your department established green procurement targets?

The Canada Industrial Relations Board is in the process of ensuring that procurement incorporates environmental performance considerations; from planning, identification and definition of requirements, acquisition, operation and maintenance to disposal of goods or closeout activities of acquired services.

Describe the green procurement targets that have been set by your department and indicate the associated benefits anticipated.

(a) Implement an effective approach to procurement planning and requirement definition that incorporates environmental performance

(b) Evaluate potential suppliers' ability and/or capacity to satisfy the environmental performance criteria.

(c) Carry out asset disposal in the most environmentally responsible way, such as waste minimization and/or diversion along with choosing goods and services that meet policy requirements.

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Canada School of Public Service



Table 3: Green Procurement


How is your department planning to meet the objectives of the Policy on Green Procurement?

The Canada School will meet the objectives of the Policy on Green Procurement by:

  1. Reviewing its training documents to ensure that clients are familiar with the Policy on Green Procurement;
  2. Reviewing the Acquisition Card Policy to ensure that clients buy more with their acquisition card rather than using a purchase order or a contract;
  3. Meeting with clients to plan their yearly requirements in order to try and combine them and issuing standing offers and contracts with option years/periods in order to reduce the number of contracts issued in a year;
  4. Reviewing its contracts to reduce the number of pages to be printed and requesting that contracts be printed on both sides of each page;
  5. For the purchase of goods and services, reinforcing the purchase and/or rental of recycled and reused material; and
  6. Regularly updating the Green Procurement online course that is hosted on Campusdirect. This will be done in collaboration with the Procurement, Materiel Management and Real Property (PMMRP) community to reflect future changes to the Green Procurement policy and practice.

Has your department established green procurement targets?

In progress    

Describe the green procurement targets that have been set by your department and indicate the associated benefits anticipated.

The above will result in a substantial reduction in paper usage.

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Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency



Table 1: Green Procurement


1. How is your department planning to meet the objectives of the Policy on Green Procurement?