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Table 7: Green Procurement

Meeting Policy Requirements

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:

  • Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) has incorporated lifecycle management of assets into its Asset Management Framework, and uses mandatory green procurement tools established by Public Works and Government Services Canada(PWGSC), e.g. standing offers.
  • It was mandatory for WD procurement staff to complete on-line Green Procurement training. WD also shares information with staff, e.g. “Green Tips, procurement bulletins, green procurement tools.
  • Green procurement commitments are included in WD's Sustainable Development Strategy and are not required for performance evaluation purposes.

Results achieved:

  • Implemented use of electronic bid box.
  • Increased awareness of “green office supplies beyond paper and office equipment, and conducts bi-annual staff awareness events on “Greening in Government.
  • Mandatory use of “green standing offers for the purchase of recycled photocopier paper and other office equipment, such as printers, photocopiers, computers and monitors, etc.

Contributions to facilitate government-wide implementation of green procurement:

Not applicable to WD.

Green Procurement Targets

Has the department established green procurement targets?


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


Summary of green procurement targets:

  • Green procurement targets are based on pervious year operational requirements/purchases for green office supplies and the purchase/lease of green office equipment.

Results achieved:

  • In 2008, WD's green procurement totalled $676K via contracts, purchase orders, acquisition card purchases and standing offer call-ups for personal computers, laptop computers, light bulbs, paper, office supplies, seating, shredding, e-waste disposal, toner cartridges, printers and photocopiers.
  • 100% of letter and legal size photocopier paper purchased from “green standing offers established by PWGSC.
  • 100% of printers/photocopiers leased/purchased from “green standing offers established by PWGSC.