Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS)

Although CSC is not legally bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA) and therefore is not required to develop a departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS), CSC has implemented its own Sustainable Development Strategy for the 2012-15 period. CSC's SDS 2012-2015 contains 18 specific commitments/targets.

The main accomplishments in 2014-15 include the following:

  • Alternatives to the use of polystyrene food containers were implemented by some institutional food services. However, additional waste reduction initiatives would have been required in order to fully meet the spirit of this commitment (SDS target 2.5 was partially achieved);
  • All large boilers located in Central Heating Plants have been optimized during this period (SDS target 3.2 was achieved);
  • Based on the CSC report for energy use and GHG emissions for 2013-14, it appears that CSC will most likely surpass the 3% energy reduction target relative to the reference year 2009-10. The final report will be available by December 2015 (SDS target 4.1 will most likely be achieved);
  • Two solar hot water projects were completed at Dorchester Penitentiary and Bath Institution and five geothermal projects for heating new units at Nova, Atlantic and Springhill Institutions were implemented (SDS target 4.2 was achieved);
  • The final fifth energy audit was completed during this period (SDS target 4.3 was achieved);
  • An additional remediation project has been completed at Collins Bay Institution (SDS target 7.2 was surpassed);
  • As per the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FSCAP), CSC provided a status report on the contaminated sites located on its properties undergoing a remediation project or those being risk managed as per the implementation strategy 3.11.1 of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2013 to 2016.

In summary, during the 2012-2015 SDS cycle, of the 18 commitments/targets, CSC has achieved 17 and partially achieved one. Additionally, CSC has once more prepared its own SDS for the period of 2015-2018 and will continue to annually report progress made against the new set of specific commitments/targets.

Target 7.2: Green Procurement
As of April 1, 2014, the Government of Canada will continue to take action to embed environmental considerations into public procurement, in accordance with the federal Policy on Green Procurement.
Performance Measurement
Expected result
Environmentally responsible acquisition, use and disposal of goods and services.
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Departmental approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement in place as of April 1, 2014. Departmental policy updated August 08, 2012
Number and percentage of procurement and/or materiel management specialists who completed the Canada School of Public Service Green Procurement course (C215) or equivalent, in fiscal year 2014–15. 60
Number and percentage of managers and functional heads of procurement and materiel whose performance evaluation includes support and contribution toward green procurement, in fiscal year 2014–15. 9
Departmental green procurement target
Green Procurement Instructions
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Implement Green Procurement Instructions to provide an overview of how environmental performance considerations should be integrated into all phases of life cycle management of goods and services. Instructions issued January 01, 2014.
Departmental green procurement target
Green Procurement Considerations in Contracting Requests
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Add control process to requests for contracts to ensure Budget Managers take Green Procurement into consideration. CSC internal "Request for Contract" form and associated training requiring indication of whether Green Procurement has been considered was issued March 11, 2014.
Departmental green procurement target
Green Procurement Training
Performance indicator Performance level achieved
Create online content on how to incorporate Green Procurement decisions into contracting activities. Green Procurement Instructions issued January 01, 2014 and the topic of Green Procurement has been included in Budget Manager training, issued March 25, 2014.
Implementation strategy element or best practice Performance level achieved Leverage common use procurement instruments where available and feasible. Achieved.
Best Practice
7.2.3. Train acquisition cardholders on green procurement.
Best Practice
7.2.4. Increase awareness of the Policy on Green Procurement among managers.