Greening Government Operations


Departments and agencies bound by the Policy on Green Procurement but not the Federal Sustainable Development Act must complete mandatory reporting on meeting the requirements of Section 7 of the Policy on Green Procurement using this section.
Strategies/Comments
i. Approach: The RCMP External Review Committee (ERC) approach to implementing green procurement is to explore whenever feasible the use of PWGSC procurement instruments and to continue to encourage staff to take into account environmental considerations in their day-to-day work. The scope of implementation activity is limited to the ERC’s sole worksite which is within the National Capital Region.
ii. Management Processes and Controls: The ERC will use PWGSC procurement instruments whenever feasible and will leverage the environmental considerations incorporated into these standing offers by PWGSC. Purchases made outside of these green consolidated procurement instruments will take into account environmental considerations. The ERC will explore sources of affordable recycled copier paper. The ERC will initiate a 3-month pilot project to assess the feasibility of accepting digitized case files from the Commissioner of the RCMP in place of bound paper copies. The ERC will undertake a review of its information management processes to achieve greater digitization and to consequently reduce paper printing.
iii. Setting Targets: In addition to commitments identified in ii. and iv., the ERC has the following targets:

  • Reduce photocopier and printer paper usage by 5%
  • Reduce volume of paper sent for shredding by 5%
These targets were selected through an analysis of the ERC’s spend, in consideration of the ERC’s mandate and the nature and risks of the ERC’s purchases.
iv. Training: The ERC does not have a designated procurement and materiel management functional specialist staff as defined by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Procurement, Materiel Management and Real Property Communities Management Office: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pd-pp/doc/rpmmrpc-rcagmbi/rpmmrpc-rcagmbi-eng.aspx. However, it will ensure that the administrative assistant take the CSPS course C215 by the end of fiscal year 2013-14 (1 employee in total).
v. Performance Evaluations: Please note iv. above. This is not applicable to the ERC because there is no designated procurement and material management functional specialist position.
vi. Meeting Targets: The ERC will report against these targets in the Departmental Performance Report.

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