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Table 2: Green Procurement

Green Procurements

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

Defence and the Canadian Forces (CF) are committed to applying the principles of green procurement by integrating environmental performance considerations into material acquisition and support (MA&S) policies, decision-making processes and practices in a manner that supports the concept of sustainable development, satisfies legal and policy requirements, reinforces performance management and is relevant to the Defence and CF mission. In support of Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) Contracting Policy Notice 2006-1 – Policy on Green Procurement,  the DND/CF issued, on December 1st 2006, DAOD 3015-0 – Green Procurement and on 2 November 2007, DAOD 3015-1 – Management of Green Procurement. These directives apply to employees of the Department and are orders that apply to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Forces. DAOD 3015-0 confirms the requirement for the Defence and the CF to apply the principles of green procurement by integrating environmental performance considerations into Defence and CF material acquisition and support (MA&S) policies, decision-making processes and practices in accordance with the TBS Policy on Green Procurement and the DND/CF DAOD 3000-0, Materiel Acquisition and Support. The supporting DAOD 3015-1 explains how the green procurement policy is to be implemented, and defines the roles and responsibilities in respect of the management of green procurement in Defence and the CF; specific topics include operating principles, costing, integration of environment performance considerations, monitoring and reporting, and responsibilities.

2.      Has your department established green procurement targets?    

                 Yes X


In Progress

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

The Defence Sustainable Development Strategy 2006 is the DND/CF action plan and is based on the hierarchy of strategic and operational direction through the Defence chain of command. At the highest level, broad strategic commitment to the development and implementation of the Defence Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) is provided through the Report on Plans and Priorities and through the Defence Plan. The Department's progress on meeting its SDS commitments is reported to Government as an integral part of the annual Departmental Performance Report.  The SDS Strategic commitments (land use management, infrastructure and procurement) are the key indicators upon which the Department relies to measure and report its progress in meeting its sustainable development goals and objectives. Strategic commitment 3 addresses the implementation of a proactive and comprehensive Green Procurement programme across Defence and meets the recently promulgated Federal Government Policy on Green Procurement by:   



Supporting Action(s)

  • Supporting the federal green procurement agenda (SC.3.1.)


  • Number of Commodity Groups relevant to Defence
  • Number in which Defence participates
  • ADM(Materiel) to lead
  • Collaborate interdepartmentally
  • Participate in all of the federal interdepartmental commodity group management teams relevant to Defence's operational requirements
  • Developing and integrating where appropriate Green Procurement modules and messages into all existing training (SC.3.2.)
  • A green procurement training module is developed by 30 June 2007
  • Number of existing and relevant courses in which a Green Procurement Module is integrated by 30 June 2008
  • Number of eligible participants as of 1 April 2007
  • Number trained as a percentage of the total by 31 March 2008, 31 March 2009 and 31 March 2010
  • Deliver a green procurement course to 100% of acquisition cardholders, material managers and procurement personnel by 31 March 2010
  • ADM(Materiel) to lead in coordination with ADM(HR Civ) and Chief Military Personnel
  • Develop a short green procurement training module that is in line with Defence's operational requirements
  • Integrate the green procurement training module into all existing and relevant procurement, materiel and project management courses by 31 March 2008
  • Eliminating or reducing specified nationally procured high-risk hazardous materials (HRHM) from use and examining the feasibility of expanding the scope of this initiative to include locally-procured HRHM (SC.3.3.)
  • Eliminate or reduce 30% of specified nationally procured high-risk hazardous materials (HRHM) from use by 31 March 2010 from a baseline of 31 March 2007:
  • Percentage of specified nationally procured high risk hazardous materials reduced or eliminated from use
  • Completion of a feasibility study on inclusion of locally-procured HRHM by 31 March 2010
  • ADM(Materiel) to lead
  • Identify the highest risk products included in the solvents, and cleaners/degreasers commodity groups
  • Publish the list
  • Undertake the elimination/substitution process
  • Publish the list of eliminated or substituted materials by 31 March annually based on the fiscal year
  • Acquiring, using and maintaining greener vehicles (SC.3.4.)
  • Increase vehicle productivity (passenger load, tonnage and freight transported) by 10%, from a baseline of October 2006, by 31 March 2008, 31 March 2009 and 31 March 2010
  • Decrease vehicle downtime (vehicle on repair (VOR)) by 5%, from a baseline of October 2006, by 31 March 2008, 31 March 2009 and 31 March 2010
  • ADM (Materiel) to lead
  • Exercise professional fleet management


  • Number of "404" licence holders who have taken the defensive driving course (DDC) that includes the green driving module by 31 March 2008, 31 March 2009 and 31 March 2010
  • Percentage of drivers who had taken the old DDC (not containing the green driving module) and who have since taken the new green driving module by 31 March 2008, 31 March 2009 and 31 March 2010
  • Provide green defensive driving training to 70% of Defence's "404" driver's license holders


  • Engage other departments to establish a forum for knowledge and technology transfer to interested parties by 31 March 2008
  • Share best practices and lessons on "green driving" with interested federal departments and agencies
  • Reducing vehicle GHG emissions by 15% within the commercial pattern on road vehicle departmental fleet by 31 March 2010 (SC.3.5.)
  • Reduce GHG emissions per vehicle kilometre by 15% from 2002/2003 within the commercial pattern on road vehicle departmental fleet by 31 March 2010:
  • GHG emissions from vehicles
  • Affected Commands and Group Principals will develop GHG emission reduction plans
  • Follow the Treasury Board direction from the Directive on Fleet Management: Executive Vehicles (effective 1 Nov 2006) as well as the Alternative Fuels Act and Regulations; and the Federal Vehicles initiative
  • Reduce fuel consumption
  • Follow No Unnecessary Idling Policy
  • Purchase alternative fuel vehicles where it is cost-effective and operationally feasible
  • Optimize intervals between lubricant, oil, and filter changes, air cleaner inspections/cleaning, etc.
  • Promote car-pooling and adopt public transit transportation where practical
  • Rationalize fleet size
  • Piloting a managed print solution (SC.3.6.)
  • Engage the services of a consultant to undertake a Pilot Test that includes waste and paper reduction, energy efficiencies, rationalization of equipment and cost savings by 31 March 2008
  • Pilot test study completed and report prepared by 31 March 2009
  • Implementation of all acceptable aspects of the study's recommendations to be under way by 31 March 2010
  • ADM(Material) and ADM(Information Management) to lead
  • Work with PWGSC to compete the requirement for the pilot
  • Manage execution and transition of pilot
  • Execute the managed print solution if results from the pilot are positive
  • Minimizing the environmental liability associated with petroleum Fuel Storage infrastructure and distribution assets (SC.3.7)
  • Optimized DND/CF fuel storage footprint to meet operational requirements for the long term sustainability of DND/CF fuel storage tank systems through:
  • Initiate the Joint Materiel/ Infrastructure and Environment Defence Fuels Storage Tank Review Project
  • Completion of Phase 1 Data Collection and Verification activities by 30 June 2007
  • Initiate Phase 2 implementation activities (will depend on Phase 1 data collection / data evaluation activities)
  • ADM(Materiel) and ADM(Infrastructure and Environment) will create policies, standards and procedures to construct, operate, and maintain safe, environmentally responsible, fuel storage systems
  • ADM(Materiel) will lead analyses and forecasting for the future fuel 'footprint' in Phase 2
  • ADM(Infrastructure and Environment) will be responsible for reviewing funding options to complete Phase 2 activities

Source: Associate Deputy Minister (Materiel) Group