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Why it matters

Departments and agencies subject to the Federal Sustainable Development Act have a significant operational presence across Canada, with more than 28,000 buildings owned or leased, over 16,000 on-road vehicles, and more than 200,000 employees. In delivering services to Canadians, these departments generate a considerable environmental footprint as consumers of natural resources and producers of air emissions and waste products.

While federal environmental impacts represent a relatively small portion of Canada's overall footprint, Canadians expect their government to find more sustainable ways to deliver results and lead by example. As custodian, fleet manager, procurer of goods and services, and employer, the government has demonstrated a commitment to greening its operations. The Federal Sustainability Development Strategy (FSDS) includes targets in the areas of green buildings, GHG emissions, electronic waste, printing units, paper consumption, green meetings and green procurement. Public Works and Government Services Canada provides technical and policy support to departments in greening their operations.

Departments have laid the groundwork to reduce their environmental footprint, based upon 11 targets aimed at greening government operations. Departments subject to the Federal Sustainable Development Act have provided further information on their specific implementation strategies in their 2012–2013 Reports on Plans and Priorities, which was the basis for the information contained in this progress report. For more information on the applicability of greening government operation targets, please see Annex D.

For more information please consult the Greening Government Operations supplementary tables to the 2012-2013 Report on Plans and Priorities:

  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
  • Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions
  • Environment Canada
  • Finance Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
  • Industry Canada
  • Justice Canada
  • National Defence
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Parks Canada
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Public Safety Canada
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Transport Canada
  • Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Veterans Affairs Canada
  • Western Economic Diversification

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