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Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Reporting on Green Procurement

This supplementary information table supports reporting on green procurement activities in accordance with the Policy on Green Procurement.

1. Context

Although the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is not bound by theFederal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS), the TSB adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by complying with the Policy on Green Procurement.
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 TSB supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process through the actions described in the 2019 to 2022 FSDS “Greening Government” goal.

2. Commitments

Greening Government: The Government of Canada will transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient, and green operations

FSDS target(s) FSDS contributing action(s) Corresponding departmental action(s) Starting point(s)
Performance indicator(s)
Results achieved Contribution by each departmental result to the FSDS goal and target
Actions supporting the Greening Government goal and the Policy on Green Procurement Departments will use environmental criteria to reduce the environmental impact and ensure best value in government procurement decisions Purchase hybrid vehicles where available for our operational requirements
  • The first hybrid vehicle was purchased in 2019/20.
  • Performance indicator: percentage of hybrid vehicles in the TSB fleet
  • Target: one in three vehicle purchase is a hybrid. 
No vehicle was purchased in 2020-21 Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency
Install additional water bottle filling station and promote use of reusable water bottles
  • There is currently one such station at Head Office.
  • Performance indicator: Count of water bottle fillings
  • Target: 10,000 fillings/year
A second bottle filling station was installed at Head Office. Further projects have been put on hold and will resume at regional offices upon re-occupancy Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing waste, by reducing single-use plastics usage in government operations
Promote use of wifi and use of teleconferencing / videoconferencing resources for meetings
  • All employees have been provided with mobile computing devices and mobile phone where possible, along with software and tools to support teleconferencing
  • Performance indicator: number of paperless meetings / number of meetings using telepresence
  • Target: 50% reduction of paper use from the 2019/20 baseline
  • Target: Telepresence or Skype availability is arranged/announced for all meetings calling for attendance from multiple sites
For 2020-21, the availability of teleparticipation was arranged, and announced for all meetings. Although much of this result can be attributed to the COVID response, the TSB already had the tools in place and has continued to enhance them in 2020-21. The reopening strategy includes a significant use of telepresence tools. Paper use was reduced by 97.3% from the 2019/20 baseline. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air contaminants by reducing travel requirements; Reducing waste by lowering paper use requirements
Acquire new types of furniture via GCtransfer; Dispose of surplus furniture by offering on GCtransfer and GCsurplus
  • GCtransfer and GCsurplus are the place of choice for acquiring new furniture not already available within TSB. New purchases via SOSA/SA proceeds only when it has been impossible to find what is required on GCtransfer or GCsurplus; Surplus furniture is listed for reuse on those sites.
  • Performance indicator: Quantity of furniture pieces reused via GCtransfer or GCsurplus.
  • Target: new furniture acquisitions are sought from GCtransfer for a minimum of one month prior to considering other options
  • Target: all surplus furniture is advertised on GCtransfer or GCsurplus for a minimum of two weeks
There was no furniture purchase in 2020-21. Supporting reuse of furniture between Government Departments
Purchase new IT hardware and software via PSPC/SSC consolidated procurement instruments that include environmental criteria.
  • Performance indicator: Percentage of IT hardware and software purchased that meet the environmental criteria.
  • Target: 100% of IT hardware and software purchased meet the environmental criteria
100% of IT hardware purchases meet environmental criteria. 25.6% of software purchases by value were verified as being from a vendor meeting environmental criteria Improving energy efficiency, reducing waste and supporting reuse and recycling
Reuse IT equipment internally where possible; dispose of surplus IT equipment through the Computers for Schools programs
  • Performance indicator: Percentage of surplus IT equipment disposed of via Computers for Schools
  • Target: All IT equipment to be disposed is first offered to Computers for Schools.
All surplus IT equipment was disposed of via the Computers for Schools program in 2020-21. Reducing hazardous waste
Departments will adopt clean technology and undertake clean technology demonstration projects Not Applicable
  • Not Applicable
Not Applicable Not Applicable
Support for green procurement will be strengthened, including guidance, tools and training for public service employees Procurement specialists have completed the required Green Procurement training to apply sustainability and life-cycle assessment principles in procurement policies and practices.
  • Performance indicator: Percentage of specialists in procurement and materiel management who have completed training on green procurement
  • Target: 100% of procurement specialists have completed the Green Procurement training
100% of procurement and materiel management specialists have completed Green procurement training. Guidance, tools and training are provided to procurement specialists; Final procurement choices include sustainability considerations such as carbon reduction, use of clean technology and promotion of sustainable plastics

3. Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2020–21 reporting cycle, TSB had no proposals that required a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and no public statements were produced.