2018-19 Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Although the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police adheres to the principles of the Federal Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by implementing the Policy on Green Procurement.

The Policy on Green Procurement supports the Government of Canada's effort to promote environmental stewardship. In keeping with the objectives of the policy, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision making process through the actions described in the "FSDS goal: low-carbon government" table in section 2 below.

2. Commitments for Royal Canadian Mounted Police

FSDS goal: low-carbon government
FSDS target FSDS contributing action Corresponding departmental actions Starting points where available and performance indicators for departmental actions Programs where the departmental actions will occur
Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) 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

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

Procurement Personnel and Materiel Managers will have received green procurement training through the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) course C215 or its equivalent.

Results from the 2016-17 baseline with the same target achieved: 88 employees; 99%

Target: 90 or 95% of employees in the given fiscal year

Internal Services
Ensuring key officials include contribution to and support for the Government of Canada Policy on Green Procurement objectives in their performance evaluations

Directors of Procurement will have environmental clauses incorporated into their performance evaluations.

Results from the 2016-17 baseline with the same target achieved: 2 Directors; 100%

Target: 2 or 100% of Directors in the given fiscal year

Set departmental targets to reduce the environmental impact on specific goods or services

RCMP administrative fleet vehicles purchased (subject to availability) will be hybrid vehicles or the most fuel efficient vehicle in its class.

Results from the 2016-17 baseline with the same target achieved: 75%

Target: 75% of the total value of administrative vehicles purchased in the given fiscal year

Integrating environmental considerations into procurement management processes and controls

Solicitation documents issued by the RCMP will incorporate environmental clauses.

Results from the 2016-17 baseline with the same target achieved: 85%

Target: 85% of the total number of solicitations in the given fiscal year

Pre-solicitation file reviews conducted by HQ Contract Quality Control will recommend environmental criteria for the requirement definition.

Results from the 2016-17 baseline with the same target achieved: 100%

Target: 75% of the total number of pre-solicitations file reviews in the given fiscal year

Solicitation documents issued by the RCMP will incorporate electronic payment instructions to help promote direct deposit banking for vendors.

Results from the 2016-17 baseline with the same target achieved: 87%

Target: 85% of the total number of solicitations in the given fiscal year

3. Integrating sustainable development

The expected results for the majority of the goals listed above are related to environmentally responsible acquisition, use, and disposal of goods and services.

Green procurement and sustainable development policies and practices exist within the department.

Planned activities include the continuation of engaging stakeholders by communicating our goals, monitoring, and reporting on progress while looking for opportunities to further integrate sustainable development and environment considerations into the procurement planning and decision-making. Future changes to policies and practices will be reviewed and incorporated into internal policies and practices, subject to operational requirements when practicable.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police will continue to ensure that its decision-making process includes consideration of FSDS goals and targets through its Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process. An SEA for policy, plan, or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the given proposal on the environment including on FSDS goals and targets.

Public statements on the results of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's assessments are made public when an initiative that has undergone a detailed SEA is announced. The purpose of the public statement is to demonstrate that the environmental effects, including the impacts on achieving the FSDS goals and targets, of the approved policy, plan, or program have been considered during proposal development and decision-making.

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