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Sustainable Development Strategy 2007-2010

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Issue Scan

Since our previous SDS, we have not identified any major new environmental issues that should significantly impact on our SD priorities. However, in light of our limited ability to measure precisely the environmental impacts of our operations, we have decided to place greater emphasis on obtaining concrete actions, and therefore we will accept for some targets to use qualitative methods of measuring progress. Apart from our commitments on the reduction of energy, potable water consumption and solid waste (three targets that are basically the cornerstone of our environmental performance), all the other commitments are more qualitative in nature.

In the past three years, there have been no significant changes in the scale and nature of CSC operations. Thus, it is appropriate for CSC to address most of the same issues that were the focus of our previous SDS. Although the wording has changed slightly, the significant SD aspects arising from the issue scan can still be grouped into three main topics: emissions to the atmosphere, emissions to the hydrosphere and sustainable use of natural resources.

Our previous SDS contained nine targets under these three main topics. Our SDS 2007-2010 has 14 targets in the form of specific and measurable commitments under the seven main goals that are consistent with the strategic outcome. The main changes are as follows:

  • Modification to target 2.1.2 regarding the release of effluent from CORCAN farm operations, which is now under target 5.1.1 regarding the environmental farms management plan;
  • Removal of target 3.2.1 regarding environmental awareness sessions for inmates since this practice is now well established in our education programs;
  • Addition of new objectives for gaseous emissions from our vehicle fleet, emissions that contribute to ozone layer depletion, green procurement (policy and training) and regular SDS progress reporting to strengthen governance.

Lastly, our SDS 2007-2010 was closely patterned after the document "Coordinating the Fourth Round of Departmental Sustainable Development Strategies, June 2006" of the SDS Interdepartmental Network, which was sponsored by Environment Canada. This guide incorporates the lessons learned from other SDSs, is consistent with the advice provided by the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and is supported by the recently published Guide on Greening Government Operations. It allows departments to establish some consistency in the SDSs of various federal agencies and to strengthen accountability to Canadians. For those reasons, this document had a major influence on our approach to the SDS 2007-2010.