Executive Summary

Since submitting its first SDS in December 1997, with revisions in 2000, 2003 and 2007, CSC has worked tirelessly to improve its environmental performance and has kept on course towards achieving Sustainable Development. In this, the fifth presentation, we succinctly describe CSC's mandate and priorities, reconfirm our main environmental aspects, assess our progress to date and outline what we intend to achieve over the next three years.

"meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Our Common Future, 1987). In our daily activities, it implies that our way of thinking needs to consider the limitations of our natural resources as much as the economical, social and ethical mplications.

Over the last decade, achieving Sustainable Development has been a constant challenge given numerous organizational pressures, additional legislative requirements, changes in priorities and limited dedicated human resources. However, we still managed to make significant progress on pollution prevention and reduction in resource consumption. Although the levels of success vary from institution to institution, overall, of the 14 tangible targets proposed in the SDS 2007-2010, we achieved or surpassed 13 of them. We attribute this success to three main factors: target setting was adequately balanced with available resources, the budget was increased to allow the implementation of more initiatives and a greater overall level of ownership toward environmental and Sustainable Development programs across CSC.

Cowansville Institution, Quebec Region
Cowansville Institution, Quebec Region

Based on the above three factors and consultations with representatives from all organizational levels, we remain convinced that finding a proper balance between SDS commitments and available resources is the key to success. Hence, this strategy proposes a similar approach to the previous one. The new 18 targets and related commitments are distributed under five main goals:

  1. Contribute to the sustainable use of natural resources;
  2. Contribute to the protection of the atmosphere;
  3. Contribute to the reduction of gaseous emissions that are responsible for global warming / climate change;
  4. Contribute to the protection of the hydrosphere; and
  5. Contribute to the protection of the lithosphere.

For each of our Sustainable Development commitments, measuring our performance will be straightforward because we have carefully defined targets that are easy to measure. We will continue to develop and implement data management systems that will allow us to quantify, store, retrieve and analyze our data to further improve our environmental performance.

Finally, taking into consideration the unique character and multiple security constraints linked to CSC's operations and that our SDS was developed on a voluntary basis, the new set of targets reflect CSC's realistic and meaningful contributions to the Federal SDS and its (no. 8) goal on Greening of Government Operations (GGO). The full adoption of the GGO targets proved to be impractical or not applicable due to the secure nature of institutions and not economically sound or simply unachievable under the available resource allocations. However, CSC has adapted some of the GGO targets and developed its own objectives in order to provide a realistic contribution to the Federal SDS. These objectives are within the boundaries of CSC's capacity to deliver a robust environmental and Sustainable Development program.

Tree planting at Laval Complex, Quebec Region
Tree planting at Laval Complex, Quebec Region