Table 1: Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

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The Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada's effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the activities in this supplementary information table.

Although the NRC is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a departmental sustainable development strategy, the NRC adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by implementing the Policy on Green Procurement.

Target 7.2: Green Procurement

As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.

Performance indicator

Expected result

Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level

Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014.

March 2017

NRC's approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement began in April 2014. It is an ongoing and continuous process that has and will continue to evolve based on new strategies and product changes and improvements that embed environmental considerations.

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


NRC is committed to ensuring that all new procurement and materiel management specialists have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent.

Percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in the given fiscal year.


Although not necessarily articulated in writing in performance evaluations, this subject is discussed amongst staff. In 2016-17, NRC will ensure that it is written into the performance evaluations.


Departmental green procurement target

By March 2017, NRC will ensure that all new and or leased multifunctional devices and copiers incorporate energy saving criteria.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Use of PWGSC procurement tools that support provision of energy efficient criteria. 100%

In 2016-17, and on an ongoing basis where feasible, NRC will ensure that all vehicles purchased are"right sized" for specific use, and are the most fuel efficient vehicles in their class, based on directives of the Treasury Board.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Reports that indicate efficient fleet management based on best use, fuel considerations and effective procurement. 100%

By March 2017, 90% of janitorial service contracts will include the use of environmentally preferable products, equipment and processes that minimize the environmental impact.

Performance indicator Targeted performance level
Contracts that are awarded meet the target criteria, issued by NRC, or by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC). 90%
Implementation strategy element or best practice Targeted performance level

Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible.


Going forward, NRC will continue to use procurement instruments that include Standing Offer Agreements issued by PWGSC if available and feasible. Examples of these include office supplies, computers, copiers and vehicles.

Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.


NRC's internal agreement with acquisition card holders, articulated in NRC's Financial Management Manual, states "acquire environmentally friendly products when possible."

Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers.


Going forward, NRC will continue to work with existing and new procurement staff to ensure they are mindful of environmental considerations.


Strategic Environmental Assessment

The NRC organizational and reporting structure ensures compliance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals. The Environmental Operations Office is a centre of expertise that undertakes a preliminary evaluation to identify the potential for important environmental effects of a proposal, prior to its submission to an individual minister or Cabinet for approval. Should the potential for significant environmental impacts be identified, whether positive or negative, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is carried out.

NRC will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets through the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. An SEA for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment, including on FSDS goals and targets.

Public statements on the results of NRC's detailed assessment will be made public when an initiative is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that the environmental effects, including the impacts on achieving the FSDS goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan or program have been considered during proposal development and decision making.