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Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
Overview of the Federal Government's Approach to Sustainable Development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) 2013-16, tabled on November 4, 2013, guides the Government of Canada’s sustainable development activities, as required by the Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA). In keeping with the objectives of the FSDA, to make environmental decision-making more transparent and accountable to Parliament, the National Energy Board supports the implementation of the FSDS through the activities found in this departmental strategy.

Accordingly, this Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy (DSDS) presents the results for commitments for Theme I - Addressing Climate Change and Air Quality, Theme II - Maintaining Water Quality and Availability, Theme III - Protecting Nature and Canadians, within the context of the 2013-16 FSDS. This DSDS also provides the results for Theme IV - Shrinking the Environmental Footprint - Beginning with Government based on the 2010-13 FSDS.

Themes I-III: Department/Agency-led Targets

The NEB is not responsible for leading any target for Themes I-III of the FSDS 2013-16. However, the NEB contributed to Theme III - Protecting Nature and Canadians, as denoted by the visual identifier below.

Theme III - Protecting nature and Canadians

These contributions are components of the following Program and are further explained in Section II of the DPR:

  • Program 1.1 Energy Regulation
FSDS Goal FSDS Performance Indicator FSDS Target FSDS Performance Status
n/a n/a n/a n/a
Themes I-III: Implementation Strategies

The NEB’s contributions to Theme III - Protecting Nature and Canadians, is a component of the following Program:

  • Program 1.1 Energy Regulation

The NEB‘s decision-making process includes a consideration of the FSDS goals and targets through the strategic environmental assessment (SEA). An SEA for policy, plan or program proposals includes an analysis of the impacts of the proposal on the environment, including on the FSDS goals and targets. The results of SEAs are made public when an initiative is announced or approved, demonstrating that environmental factors were integrated into the decision-making process.

Theme IV: Implementation Strategies
Green Building Targets
As of April 1, 2012, and pursuant to departmental strategic frameworks, new construction and build-to-lease projects, and major renovation projects, will achieve an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance.[8]
(Target 8.1 from 2010-13 FSDS)
Performance Measure Performance Status
Number of completed new construction, build-to-lease, and major renovation projects in the given fiscal year, according to the departmental strategic framework. n/a
Number of completed new construction, build-to-lease, and major renovation projects that have achieved an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance in the given fiscal year, according to the departmental strategic framework. n/a
Existence of a strategic framework. No
Strategies and/or Comments : Reported by PWGSC
As of April 1, 2012, and pursuant to departmental strategic frameworks, existing crown buildings over 1000 m² will be assessed for environmental performance using an industry-recognized assessment tool.[9]
(Target 8.2 from 2010-13 FSDS)
Performance Measure Performance Status
Number of buildings over 1000 m², according to the departmental strategic framework. n/a
Percentage of buildings over 1000 m² in the given fiscal year that have been assessed using an industry-recognized assessment tool, according to the departmental strategic framework. n/a
Existence of a strategic framework. No
Strategies and/or Comments : Reported by PWGSC
As of April 1, 2012, and pursuant to departmental strategic frameworks, new lease or lease renewal projects over 1000 m², where the Crown is the major lessee, will be assessed for environmental performance using an industry-recognized assessment tool.[10]
(Target 8.3 from 2010-13 FSDS)
Performance Measure Performance Status
Number of completed lease and lease renewal projects over 1000 m² in the given fiscal year, according to the departmental strategic framework. n/a
Number of completed lease and lease renewal projects over 1000 m² that were assessed using an industry-recognized assessment tool in the given fiscal year, according to the departmental strategic framework. n/a
Existence of a strategic framework. No
Strategies and/or Comments : Reported by PWGSC
As of April 1, 2012, and pursuant to departmental strategic frameworks, fit-up and refit projects will achieve an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance.[11]
(Target 8.4 from 2010-13 FSDS)
Performance Measure Performance Status
Number of completed fit-up and refit projects in the given fiscal year, according to the departmental strategic framework. n/a
Number of completed fit-up and refit projects that have achieved an industry-recognized level of high environmental performance in the given fiscal year, according to the departmental strategic framework. n/a
Existence of a strategic framework. No
Strategies and/or Comments: Reported by PWGSC
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target
The federal government will take action now to reduce levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations to match the national target of 17% below 2005 by 2020.
(Target 8.5 from 2010-13 FSDS)
Performance Measure Performance Status
Departmental GHG reduction target: Percentage of absolute reduction in GHG emissions by FY 2020-21, relative to FY 2005-06. n/a
Departmental GHG emissions in FY 2005-06, in kilotons of CO2 equivalent. n/a
Departmental GHG emissions in the given fiscal year, in kilotons of CO2 equivalent. n/a
Change in departmental GHG emissions from FY 2005-06 to the end of the given fiscal year, expressed as a percentage. n/a
Existence of an implementation plan to reduce GHG emissions. n/a
Surplus Electronic and Electrical Equipment Target
By March 31, 2014, each department will reuse or recycle all surplus electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) in an environmentally sound and secure manner.
(Target 8.6 from 2010-13 FSDS)
Performance Measure Performance Status
Existence of an implementation plan for the disposal of all departmentally generated EEE. Achieved. All EEE is disposed either through Computers for Schools, donated to non-profit organizations or sent to approved environmental sites for recycling.
Total number of departmental locations with an EEE implementation plan fully implemented, expressed as a percentage of all locations, by the end of the given fiscal year. 100%
Printing Unit Reduction Target
By March 31, 2013, each department will achieve an 8:1 average ratio of office employees to printing units. Departments will apply the target where building occupancy levels, security considerations, and space configuration allow.
(Target 8.7 from 2010-13 FSDS)
Performance Measure Performance Status
Ratio of departmental office employees to printing units in fiscal year 2010-11, where building occupancy levels, security considerations and space configuration allow. (Optional) n/a
Ratio of departmental office employees to printing units at the end of the given fiscal year, where building occupancy levels, security considerations and space configuration allow. Ratio 1:18
(# of printers = 25)
(# of employees = 470)
Paper Consumption Target
By March 31, 2014, each department will reduce internal paper consumption per office employee by 20%. Each department will establish a baseline between 2005-06 and 2011-12, and an applicable scope.
(Target 8.8 from 2010-13 FSDS)
Performance Measure Performance Status
Number of sheets of internal office paper purchased or consumed per office employee in the selected baseline year, according to the departmental scope. 2013 was the first year of recording paper consumption.
Cumulative reduction (or increase) in paper consumption per office employee in the given fiscal year, expressed as a percentage, relative to the selected baseline year. 2,778,000 sheets of paper consumed by 425 people.
Strategies and/or Comments: The NEB orders paper for its large document production centre and for printer and copier use throughout the organization. The total amount of paper is for the entire use of the NEB, including the printing of publications for the Board. Publications make up a large portion of the paper consumption.
Green Meetings Target
By March 31, 2012, each department will adopt a guide for greening meetings.
(Target 8.9 from 2010-13 FSDS)
Performance Measure Performance Status
Presence of a green meetings guide. Guide is in the process of being formalized and published on web site. Target date December 31, 2014.
Green Procurement Targets

Strategies and/or Comments

  1. Approach: The NEB’s approach to further the implementation of the Policy on Green Procurement is to target the use of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) procurement tools to ensure green procurement has been addressed were possible. The Management Services team is accountable for all aspects of the Policy on Green Procurement. In 2013-14 the Management Services team procured 34% of NEB’s contracts through PWGSC procurement instruments. These contracts were worth 52% of all contracts awarded.
  2. Management Processes and Controls: In fiscal year 2013-14, the NEB’s internal policies on procurement and materiel management were reviewed and updated to integrate environmental considerations in decision making, from procurement planning through to the disposal process. Improved tracking of Green Procurement was implemented. The NEB contracting policy and guide has been reviewed and updated with aspects of the Policy on Green Procurement addressed. A Green Procurement field is now part of the reporting for contracting.
  3. Specific Targets: In addition to commitments identified in ii and vi, the NEB is committed to ensuring that 95 per cent of all paper and furniture purchases are made through Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) green consolidated procurement instruments, where available. The NEB also ensures that 90% of all office supply purchases are made through PWGSC consolidated procurement instruments, where available.
     
    In 2013-14 the NEB expensed $35,100 for paper. 100 per cent of the paper was purchased on PWGSC green procurement Standing Offers. The NEB expended $881,400 on furniture, and approximately 75 per cent of the furniture was Green. The NEB also expended $62,500 for office supplies. Approximately 86 per cent of office supplies were purchased on PWGSC green procurement Standing Offers.
  4. Green Procurement Training: In fiscal year 2013-14, all NEB functional specialists in procurement will be required to complete Canada School of Public Service course C215-Green Procurement. In fiscal year 2013-14 the NEB had five functional specialists in procurement. All five specialists have completed the C215-Green Procurement Course.
  5. Performance Evaluations: In 2013-14 the NEB met its green targets in PWGSC procurement tool use, buying green paper and purchasing green office furniture. Though the target of 90% procurement for office supplies was not met it remains an objective of the NEB.
  6. Progress Status: In fiscal year 2013-14, managers of functional specialists in procurement will have an objective included in their performance management agreements to ensure environmental considerations are taken into account in all procurement activities.

    There are two managers of functional specialists in procurement at the NEB. Both the Director and Group Leader have accountabilities in their performance management that ensure environmental considerations are taken into account in all procurement activities.

    The NEB continues to encourage green procurement. All requested goods are reviewed for green procurement availability before purchase.
Reporting on the Purchase of Offset Credits
Mandatory reporting on the purchase of greenhouse gas emissions offset credits, according to the Policy Framework for Offsetting Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Major International Events.
Performance Measure Performance Status
Quantity of emissions offset in the given fiscal year. n/a
Additional Departmental/Agency Sustainable Development Activities and Initiatives
n/a
Sustainable Development Management System
n/a
Strategic Environmental Assessment
During 2013-14 reporting cycle, the National Energy Board considered the environmental effects of initiatives subject to the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, as part of its decision-making processes. Through the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) process, departmental / agency proposals were found to have positive effects on the 2013-16 FSDS goals and targets in Theme(s) III - Protecting Nature and Canadians, and the 2010-13 FSDS for Theme IV - Shrinking the Environmental Footprint - Beginning with Government.
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