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Green Procurement

Meeting Policy Requirements

1. Has the department incorporated environmental performance considerations in its procurement decision-making processes?

  • In progress.

2. Summary of initiatives to incorporate environmental performance considerations in procurement decision-making processes:

  • (SC 3.1) Chaired by Public Works and Government Services Canada/ Office of Greening Government Operations (PWGSC/OGGO), DND participates in the Commodity Management Working Group which is comprised of various federal departments. During the evaluation of Goods and Services Special Operation Agencies (SOAs), materiel is also reviewed for having environmentally friendly attributes.
  • (SC 3.2) Personnel (CF and civilian) performing Materiel Acquisition and Support (MA & S) functions have been identified to complete the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) Campus Direct on-line Green Procurement Course C215E/F. To complement this, Green Procurement modules have been created and are being incorporated into key on-line and existing MA & S procurement course content.
  • DND is an active member of the PWGSC/OGGO's office responsible for the development and implementation of green procurement policy, procedures, tools and contracts in coordination with the Treasury Board Secretariat.

3. Results achieved:

  • (SC 3.1) DND participated to 37 federal interdepartmental commodity group management teams where opportunities for procurement of green commodities are identified.
  • (SC 3.2) Department network firewalls precluding personnel from accessing the CSPS Green Procurement Course C215E/F have been resolved. The software solution was trialed to selected Assistant Deputy Minister - Materiel personnel in the National Capital Region in October 2008. Full implementation of the enabling software across DND is scheduled to be completed in July 2009. 445 DND personnel have so far completed the CSPS courses.

4. Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:

  • (SC 3.1) DND is an active participant in the Commodity Working Group. Due to the volume of materiel/services utilized, this promotes reviews of materiel/services common to and used by other federal departments.

Green Procurement Targets

5. Has the department established green procurement targets?

  • Yes.

6. Are these green procurement targets the same as those identified in your Sustainable Development Strategy (Table 5)?

  • Yes for DND Sustainable Development Strategy SC 3.1 & 3.2.

7. Summary of green procurement targets:

  • (SC 3.1) Commodity Management Reviews (coordinated by PWGSC/OGGO): Number of federal interdepartmental commodity group management teams in which Defence participates as a percentage of relevant commodity groups.
  • (SC 3.2) Issues regarding the firewall and software used which precluded DND personnel from accessing the CSPS on-line training have been resolved. Personnel identified to complete Green Procurement on-line CSPS training should all have completed their green training by 31 March 2010.

8. Results achieved:

  • (SC 3.1) DND participation to relevant commodity groups: 37/37 - 100%.
  • (SC 3.2) DND required personnel (21,203) will have completed the CSPS Green Procurement Course by 31 March 2010. As of 31 March 2009, 445 DND personnel had taken the course.

Source: Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment) Group