Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Introduction to the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

The 2016 to 2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) presents the Government of Canada’s sustainable development goals and targets, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) adheres to the principles of the FSDS, and while not bound formally by the Act, supports reporting on the implementation of the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy.

2. Sustainable developmentat the CNSC

The CNSC’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the department’s actions in support of achieving a low-carbon government. This supplementary information table presents available results for the departmental actions pertinent to this goal. Previous years’ supplementary information tables are posted on the CNSC website.

Departmental performance by FSDS goal

The following tables provide performance information on departmental action(s) in support of the FSDS goals listed in section 2.

Context: Low-carbon government

The 2016 to 2019 FSDS:

  • sets out the Government of Canada’s sustainable development priorities
  • establishes goals and targets
  • identifies actions to achieve them, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act

In keeping with the objectives of the act to make environmental decision-making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, the CNSC supports reporting on the implementation of the FSDS and its Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy, or equivalent document, through the activities described in this supplementary information table.

The following tables provide performance information on departmental actions in support of the FSDS goal.

Low-carbon government: The Government of Canada leads by example by making its operations low-carbon
FSDS target(s) FSDS contributing action(s) Corresponding departmental action(s) Starting point(s)
Performance indicator(s)
Target(s)
Results achieved Contribution by each departmental result to the FSDS goal and target

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal government buildings and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030, with an aspiration to achieve it by 2025

Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement

Where a vehicle needs to be replaced, a hybrid vehicle will be considered first, provided that it meets operational needs

Starting point: In 2016–17, 36% of vehicles in the fleet were hybrid

Indicator: % of vehicles in the fleet that are hybrid vehicles

Target: Maintain at least 30% hybrid vehicles in the fleet

In the current fleet, 42% of vehicles are hybrid; Where a vehicle needs replacement, a hybrid/electric vehicle is considered first if it meets operational needs

Supports the reduction of energy use in the CNSC’s fleet

Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement

Support clean technologies and green products and services by taking environmental considerations into account in purchasing decisions

Ensure that decision makers have the necessary training and awareness to support green procurement

Baseline: In 2016–17, 0% of decision makers had completed training and awareness campaigns to support green procurement

Indicator: % of decision makers in procurement and material management who have completed training in green procurement

Target: 100% of decision makers have completed training and awareness to support green procurement

All acquisition cardholders and procurement specialists (100%) have received training, which includes principles of green procurement

Green procurement incorporates environmental considerations into purchasing decisions and is expected to motivate suppliers to green their goods, services and supply chains; greenhouse gas reductions are one area of consideration in green procurement

Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2019–20 reporting cycle, the CNSC had no proposals that required a strategic environmental assessment, and no public statements were produced.

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