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Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013–16 presents the Government of Canada's sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA). In keeping with the objectives of the FSDA to make environmental decision making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities described in this supplementary information table.

This Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy presents the results for Theme I – Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality, Theme II – Maintaining Water Quality and Availability, and Theme IV – Shrinking the Environmental Footprint – Beginning with Government.

 

2. Themes I to III: Department- and Agency-Led Targets

Not applicable

 

3. Themes I to III: Implementation Strategies

Through the FSDS, WD has committed to diversify the western Canadian economy by making strategic investments in the commercialization and adoption of clean energy and clean water technologies through the Western Diversification Program and the Western Innovation Initiative. WD's investments in clean energy and clean water technologies contribute to the FSDS goals and implementation strategies of mitigating climate change (1.1.39), reducing air pollutants (2.1.4) and increasing water availability (3.12.2).

WD has three key program areas that frame program investments: business development and innovation; community economic growth; and policy, advocacy and coordination. The technology commercialization sub-program and innovation capacity building sub-program are components of WD's business development and innovation program area. WD's FSDS implementation strategies related to clean energy and clean water technologies are met through the Department's Business Development and Innovation Program. Specifically, WD's investments in clean energy and clean water technologies are made through the technology commercialization and innovation capacity building sub-programs, through which WD supports projects designed to increase the number of western Canadian technologies brought to market.

WD's strategic investments in clean energy and clean water technologies are measured using the performance indicators associated with the sub-programs of technology commercialization and innovation capacity building. For instance, in 2015–16 WD committed $11.5 million to 10 projects which are anticipated to result in technology adoption and demonstration for innovative clean energy and clean water technologies. These commitments leveraged an additional $10.5 million from not-for-profits, post-secondary institutions and industry partners.

 

4. Theme IV: Targets and Implementation Strategies

Goal 7: Waste and Asset Management

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 Measurement

Expected result

Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014. March 2012
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in fiscal year 2016–17. Two

40%
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 2016–17. Two

100%

Departmental green procurement target

Information Technology (IT) Hardware

By March 31, 2017, 90% of IT hardware purchases will reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of the equipment.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Dollar value or volume of IT hardware purchases that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or volume of all purchase for IT hardware in the given year. 100%

Departmental green procurement target

Imaging Hardware and Consumables

By March 31, 2017, 90% of toner cartridges will be recycled at end of life.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved

Volume of toner cartridges recycled relative to the total volume of all toner cartridges purchased in the year in question.

100%

Departmental green procurement target

Business Travel

By March 31, 2017, 30% of accommodation stays will take place in establishments that have a high environmental rating based on an industry recognized tool.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved

Dollar value or number of accommodation stays that meet the target objective relative to the total dollar value or number of all accommodation stays in the given year.

52%

 

Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
7.2.1.5. Leverage common-use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Achieved
Best Practice
7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.
Achieved

Target 7.3: Sustainable Workplace Operations

As of April 1, 2015, the Government of Canada will update and adopt policies and practices to improve the sustainability of its workplace operations.

Performance Measurement

Expected result

Departmental workplace operations have a reduced environmental impact.

Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Approach to maintain or improve the sustainability of the departmental workplace in place as of March 31, 2015. Completed (April 1, 2013)
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved
7.3.1.1. Engage employees in greening government operations practices. Achieved
7.3.1.2. Integrate environmental considerations into corporate policies, processes and practices in accordance with departmental refresh cycles. Achieved
7.3.1.3. Maintain or improve existing approaches to sustainable workplace practices (printer ratios, paper usage, and green meetings). Achieved
7.3.1.4. Minimize the ratio of IT assets per employee. Achieved
7.3.1.5. Select and operate IT and office equipment in a manner that reduces energy consumption and material usage. Achieved
7.3.1.6. Dispose of e-waste in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Achieved
7.3.1.7. Reuse or recycle workplace materiel and assets in an environmentally sound and secure manner. Achieved
7.3.1.8. Minimize all non-hazardous solid waste generated, and leverage service offerings to maximize the diversion of waste. Achieved
7.3.1.9. Increase the population density in office buildings, and increase space utilization in special purpose buildings. Achieved

 

5. Additional Departmental Sustainable Development Activities and Initiatives

Not applicable

 

6. Sustainable Development Management System

In keeping with WD's mandate to develop and diversify the western Canadian economy, WD's programming efforts with respect to sustainable development focus on projects that create economic benefits for Western Canada. For instance, WD continues to make investments in clean energy and water technologies in order to increase the number of western Canadian technologies brought to market. WD's sustainable development vision is that the western Canadian economy is growing, diversified and sustainable.

In order to achieve its sustainable development objectives, WD fosters practices that promote sustainable development in its internal operations and project investment activities. WD initiatives related to sustainable development are incorporated into the Department's planning, tracking and reporting systems. WD's project assessment tool allows for projects to be identified and aligned with an FSDS goal if applicable. A project's FSDS alignment is considered during the funding decision process. Sustainable development projects are reported on WD's public website.

WD senior management's responsibilities for integrating sustainable development principles into the Department's policies, programs and operations are supported by a departmental sustainable development team. The team includes a headquarters Chair and Leads in each regional office. The team shares information and liaises with project and policy officers to inform sustainable development decision making.

 

7. Strategic Environmental Assessment

During the 2015–16 reporting cycle, WD considered 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. As WD did not develop any initiatives that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment, no related public statements were produced.