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Table 3: Green Procurement

The Policy on Green Procurement effective April 1, 2006, established environmental performance considerations as a key factor in procurement decisions that occur throughout the life cycle of assets and acquired services. The objective of the Policy on Green Procurement is to advance the protection of the environment and support sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process. Deputy heads are accountable to ensure that the objectives of the Policy are realized and are required to report on green procurement performance through the annual RPP and the DPR.

Supplementary information on green procurement can be found at:

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

The Material and Contracting group works with the Environmental Program group to meet the objectives of the Policy on Green Procurement. A green procurement objective was developed in 2006 and included in the 2007-2009 Sustainable Development Strategy under Challenge 7: Improve management of Transport Canada operation and lands. Targets have been incorporated into the departmental environmental management system which requires annual updates on progress.

The Material and Contracting group also created a website for internal users to provide guidance on environmental purchasing.

Has your department established green procurement targets?


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

Transport Canada is committed to:

Identifying opportunities and taking action to purchase greener goods and services as PWGSC (Public Works and Government Services Canada) issues specific Standing Offers or Supply Arrangements for these commodities.

The following targets are included in the departmental environmental management system action plan for green procurement and are designed to help meet the Greening of Government Operations guidance document:

  • To disseminate Bulletin to departmental Responsibility Centre Managers on Green Procurement by end of fiscal year;
  • Bulletin will recommend that buyers take the ½ day PWGSC online training course on green procurement available through CampusDirect, as required;
  • Bulletin will provide a link to PWGSC’s Standing Offer Index that can isolate green standing offers for viewing. The Bulletin will encourage buyers to purchase green consumables as often as possible taking into consideration cost-effectiveness;
  • To expand management print output pilot project from six floors in Tower C, and introduce program to Regions; and·
  • o continue to increase purchase of green vehicles for the fleet, and to challenge all proposed purchases of non-green vehicles.

These targets were developed to increase the purchase of green products (including vehicles), to recommend that department buyers are trained in green purchasing as required, and to provide a more effective and cost efficient output environment by utilizing multifunctional devices.