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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, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 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.

SSHRC’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the department’s actions in support of achieving low-carbon 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. This year, SSHRC is also noting which United Nations Sustainable Development Goal target each departmental action contributes to achieving.

Context: low-carbon government

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 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

  • Integrate environmental considerations 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%

Achieved

  • Statement of work/ request for quotes templates include environmental considerations according to the Policy on Green Procurement

 

 

 

Update procurement review checklists to include environmental considerations.
Starting point: 2 
Target (level of performance): 100%

Not Achieved

  • Plan to achieve for 2020

 

 

 

Raise awareness of the importance and benefits of green procurement at procurement review boards or committees.
Starting point: 6 committees
Target (level of performance): 100%

Achieved

  • Procurement searches must meet the standards for green and Indigenous procurement

 

 

 

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%
Target (level of performance): 98%

Achieved – 98%

 

 

 

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 their production.
Starting point: 95% of current paper contains a minimum of 30% recycled content
Target (level of performance): 95% of paper will contain a minimum of 30% recycled content and 7% of paper will contain 100% recycled content

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

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

 

  • Ensure that decision‑makers have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement

 

12.7

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 
Target (level of performance): 100%

Not Achieved

  • Currently 87.5% of the procurement team has completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, including the Director
  • Remaining staff are expected to complete the course by the end of the fiscal year

During the 2018–19 reporting cycle, SSHRC had no proposals that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment and no public statements were produced.


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