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Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

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.

Scope and Context

In addition to leveraging the benefits of Public Works and Government Services Canada’s green procurement instruments, PCO’s strategy for maximizing green procurement includes increasing awareness, providing training for key resources and creating performance measures for managers of procurement and materiel.

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Performance Measurement

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. Implementation of PCO Green Procurement Strategy targeted to be finalized by March 31, 2016.
Number and percentage of specialists in procurement and/or materiel management who have completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in the given fiscal year. Maintain 100% completion of the Green Procurement course for all specialists in procurement and/or materiel management by ensuring training of new employees by March 31, 2016.
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution towards green procurement, in the fiscal year. Responsible managers and functional heads of procurement will have criteria regarding their contribution towards green procurement incorporated into their performance evaluations.

Departmental Green Procurement Target: Audio-Visual Equipment

Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Dollar value of audio-visual equipment purchases meeting the target relative to total dollar value of all audio-visual equipment purchases in the given fiscal year. By March 31, 2017, 90% of purchases of audio-visual equipment will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the equipment.

Departmental Green Procurement Target: Imaging Hardware and Consumables

Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Dollar value of imaging hardware purchased that meets the target objective relative to the total dollar value of all imaging hardware purchased in the given fiscal year. By March 31, 2017, 90% of purchases of imaging hardware will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition use and/or disposal of the equipment.

Departmental Green Procurement Target:

Performance Indicator Targeted Performance Level
Dollar value of identified paper purchases meeting the target relative to total dollar value of all identified paper purchases in the given fiscal year. By March 31, 2017, 95% of copy paper, commercial printing, and/or envelope purchases will contain a minimum of 30% recycled content and/or be certified to a recognized environmental standard to reduce the environmental impact of its production.
Implementation Strategy Element or Best Practice Targeted Performance Level
7.2.1.5. Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Seeking "achieved" status.
Best Practice
7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.
Seeking "achieved" status.
Best Practice
7.2.4. Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers.
An annual communique to be sent to all PCO employees to encourage the use of teleconferencing, videoconferencing and green accommodation (i.e., hotels rated as Green Leaf, Green Key hotels).

7. Strategic Environmental Assessment

Consistent with the Government’s strong commitment to sustainable development, PCO will consider the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. Throughout the year, it will work with other federal departments and agencies during the development of Cabinet documents to ensure that the Cabinet Directive is fully implemented.


PCO will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (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 the FSDS goals and targets. The results of these detailed assessments are made public by departments 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 appropriately considered during proposal development and decision making.