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Has the Department incorporated environmental performance considerations in its procurement decision-making processes?
Summary of initiatives to incorporate environmental performance considerations in procurement decision-making processes:
The Department has introduced Life Cycle Assets Management (LCAM) into the acquisition of Desktop and portable computers so that environmental considerations are specified at the planning and procurement stages as well as timely cycle disposal through the Computer for Schools program.
The Department has listed on the Materiel Management web site, green procurement documentation from OGDs, PWGSC, EC and our own policy as well as links to PWGSC mandatory Green Procurement Standing Offers available. The DFO Green Procurement policy is presently being updated to reflect current initiatives within the Government Sustainable Development Strategy (e.g .GreenHouse Gas reduction for transportation emission).
Discussions are being held with DFO Environmental Response Program (ERP) personnel to create data fields that will allow reporting on green procurement activities.
While results have been achieved, monitoring cannot begin to measure actual results until the Department's financial system is updated (fields established in the Purchasing Module and Government Acquisition Card Register); target date is January 2010.
Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:
Thus far, DFO has involved regional and HQ stakeholders in the development of a Green Procurement policy which we aim to have published internally by December 2009. The next step is to educate the procurement community via Canada School of Public Service e-Learning and extend that offer to Acquisition Card Holders within 2009-10.
Has the Department established green procurement targets?
Are these green procurement targets the same as those identified in your Sustainable Development Strategy?
Summary of green procurement targets:
Where feasible, DFO is supporting and promoting the purchase of hybrid vehicles. DFO, in cooperation with PWGSC's Office of Greening Government Operations, has committed to manage electrical and electronic waste more efficiently.
Currently, 12,000 computers have been placed under a total LCAM regime which has begun to see almost a quarter of these units purchased under the "green" specifications.