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February 3, 2006
To: Functional Heads, Administration / Finance of all Departments and Agencies
Subject: Policy on Green Procurement
Treasury Board Ministers approved the Policy on Green Procurement, effective April 1, 2006, as presented by Public Works and Government Services Canada, Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada
The objective of the policy is to advance the protection of the environment and support sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process.
The policy addresses the Government's commitment to implement a Green Procurement policy by 2006 as outlined in the October 2004 Speech from the Throne and Budget 2005. It also provides the Government of Canada the opportunity to green operations by considering not only what and how it purchases, but also how it uses, maintains and disposes of acquired goods and services.
The policy will operate within the overall procurement policy framework of the Government of Canada, which includes utilizing procurement to achieve other social, economic and environmental outcomes.
The Policy on Green Procurement is designed to advance the protection of the environment and support sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision-making process. The policy applies to all departments within the meaning of section 2 of the Financial Administration Act, unless specific acts or regulations override it.
The policy requires that Deputy Heads incorporate environmental considerations into the procurement process consistent with the overall objectives of value for money in procurement while also complying with associated legislative, regulatory and policy obligations. Deputy Heads will also set green procurement targets for their organization as appropriate. Reporting will occur through the annual Report on Plans and Priorities and Departmental Performance Reports according to performance measures developed by Public Works and Government Services Canada.
The policy is available on the Public Works and Government Services web at http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/ecologisation-greening/achats-procurement/politique-policy-eng.html.
For further information please contact the
Office of Greening Government Operations,
PWGSC: Director, Policy Development,
Environmental Affairs Division,
Administration & Environmental Management Directorate,
Natural Resources Canada:
Senior Policy/Planning Officer,
Original signed by
Blair M. James
Asset and Acquired Services Directorate