Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

The 2016–2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS):

  • sets out the Government of Canada’s sustainable development priorities
  • establishes goals and targets
  • identifies actions to achieve them, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act

In keeping with the objectives of the act to make environmental decision-making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) supports reporting on the implementation of the FSDS and its Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy, or equivalent document, through the activities described in this supplementary information table.

2. Sustainable development for NSERC

NSERC’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the department’s actions in support of achieving Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government. This supplementary information table presents available results for the departmental actions pertinent to this goal. Last year’s supplementary information table is posted on the department's website.

3. Departmental performance by FSDS goal

Theme IV: shrinking the environmental footprint, beginning with government

Under Theme IV, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada contributed to the 2013–16 FSDS through two implementation strategies for Goal 7: waste and asset management.

The following table provides performance information on departmental actions in support of the FSDS goal listed in section 2.

FSDS goal: low-carbon government

FSDS goal: low-carbon government
FSDS target(s) FSDS contributing action(s) Corresponding departmental action(s) Support for United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) target Starting point(s), target(s) and performance indicator(s) for departmental actions Results achieved

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve it by 2025

Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement

Integration into processes

Integrate environmental consideration into procurement management processes and controls

12.7

Update the statement of work / request for quotes templates to include language that includes environmental considerations.

Starting point: 2 Target (level of performance): 100%

Update procurement review checklists to include environmental considerations.

Starting point: 2 Target (level of performance): 100%

Achieved

  • Statement of work/ request for quotes templates include environmental consideration “Policy of Green Procurement”
  • Environmental format black/white printing
  • Proposal bids are sent electronically

Not Achieved

       

3) Raise awareness on the importance and benefits of green procurement at procurement review board or committees.

Starting point: 6 committees Level of performance: 100%

Achieved

  • Procurement searches must meet the standards for green and aboriginal procurement
  • Sensitized the accommodation team for the supply of new furniture
  • Plan to inform the real property team (ZIBI) of the importance and benefits of green procurement when moving to new location
       

4) Accommodation stays will take place in establishments that have a high environmental rating (three green environmental keys or higher) based on an industry recognized tool.

Starting point: 90% Level of performance: 98%

Not achieved

  • 80% as of March 31, 2019
       

5) Copy paper, commercial printing and /or envelope purchases will contain 100% recycled content and be certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production.

Starting point: 95% of current paper contains a minimum of 30% recycled content.

Level of performance: 95% of paper will contain a minimum of 30% recycled content and 7% of paper will contain of 100% recycled content.

Maintaining starting point of 95% of current paper contains a minimum of 30% recycled content

  • New printing machined acquired – waiting on supplier confirmation if able to use 100% recycled paper
   

Training

Ensure decisions makers have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement

 

Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in the given fiscal year.

Starting point: 5 Level of performance: 100%.

Not Achieved

  • Currently 87.5% of the procurement team, including the Director, has completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent
  • A new employee in the department will complete the course by end of fiscal year
   

Performance Agreement

Ensure key officials include contribution to and support for the Government of Canada Policy on Green procurement objectives in their performance evaluations

 

Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in fiscal year 2018-19.

Starting point: 3 Level of performance: 100%

Achieved

  • 100% for fiscal year 2018-19.
 

Improve transparency and accountability

Not applicable.

Not applicable.

Not applicable.

Not applicable.

 

Develop policy for low carbon government

Not applicable.

Not applicable.

Not applicable.

Not applicable.


4. Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2018–19 reporting cycle, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada had no proposals that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment and no public statements were produced.

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