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Sustainable Development Strategy 2007-2010

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Reporting and Performance Measures


Since we are required to report on our programs and activities, and in order to implement and improve future reporting and communications on our sustainable development performance, in SDS 2007-2010, we have set logically linked goals, objectives, targets and commitments that can be measured. While SDS 2007-2010 is in effect, we will continue to improve our environmental management, data capture and internal reporting systems to improve our ability to report on our progress, and we expect to have better data in future DPRs. This approach is consistent with Treasury Board’s emphasis on results in performance reporting and the need to satisfy the requirements for parliamentarians and Canadians to determine if progress has been made toward sustainable development.

Performance Measures

The performance measures (or "indicators") that we will use are as follows:

  • Weight (in metric tonnes) of CO2 emissions produced by our central heating plants and institutional heating systems;
  • Number of renewable energy production projects implemented;
  • % of new acquired vehicles that run on alternative fuels (hybrid and E85);
  • Number of measures to improve the efficiency of our large boilers;
  • Number of halocarbon cooling systems replaced;
  • Number of phase 1 and 2 VOC recovery projects/units installed/completed;
  • Number of projects to upgrade our wastewater treatment systems implemented;
  • Number of measures to conserve potable water implemented;
  • Potable water consumption (litres/occupant/day);
  • Number of priority contaminated sites remediated;
  • Number of actions taken to expand the EFPs;
  • Number of assessments of potentially contaminated areas;
  • Number of solid waste audits conducted;
  • Estimate of weight of landfilled solid waste (kg/occupant/day)
  • Publication of an internal policy on green procurement;
  • Number of employees who received training on green procurement;
  • Number of SDS progress reports presented to Senior Management.

Accountability Framework and Action Plans

In 2006, we improved and then tested an accountability framework based on the targets of the SDS Revision 2003 in our offices of primary interest (OPI). Based on the results of this exercise, we are now ready to formally and systematically introduce an accountability framework for our SDS 2007-2010. This management tool will show the progress achieved throughout our SDS. By distributing the work among various levels of our organization, the accountability framework will basically use action plans to foster a culture of accountability on a number of levels and, more importantly, the sharing of environmental responsibilities that are essential for integrating and fulfilling the commitments made in our SDS 2007-2010. Lastly, the table below provides a summary of our accountability framework and the action plans for each commitment outlined in our SDS 2007-2010.

Target – Action OPI Expected Performance
1.1.1 – Implementation of energy-efficient projects and measures RATS 2% per region by 2010
1.1.2 – Installation of wind turbines and a number of other renewable energy projects implemented DGTS Projects implemented by 2010
1.1.3 – Acquisition of new energy-efficient vehicles DGTS 10% per year
2.1.1 – Number of annual tune-ups of large boilers DGTS All large boilers annually
2.1.2 – Replacement of large cooling systems RATS 3 projects by 2010
3.1.1 – Installation of phase 1 and 2 VOC recovery units for petroleum storage tanks RATS-ONT
4 projects-ONT
1 project-PAC
4.1.1 – Projects to upgrade our wastewater treatment systems DGF
3 projects by 2010
4.2.1 – Measures to conserve potable water DGTS
10% reduction by 2010
5.1.1 – Projects to rehabilitate contaminated sites; Projects to implement environmental farm plans DGTS
At least 3 rehabilitation projects by 2010; Actions to expand EFP
5.1.2 – Assessments of potentially contaminated sites DGTS At least 6 sites by 2010
6.1.1 – Solid waste audits conducted RATS 1 project/region by 2010
6.1.2 – Development of a policy on green procurement Director, Operations Publication by 2010
6.1.3 – Training of purchasing officers on green procurement Director, Operations 50% trained by 2010
7.1.1 – Presentation of SDS progress reports to senior management DGTS 2 reports per year