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2020 to 2023 Short-form Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Name of department Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Date February 2020

Although the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is not bound by theFederal Sustainable Development Act and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development strategy, the TSB adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) by complying with 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 TSB supports sustainable development by integrating environmental performance considerations into the procurement decision‑making process through the actions described in the 2019 to 2022 FSDS “Greening Government” goal.


The TSB supports the transition to a low-carbon economy by taking environmental considerations into account in its purchasing decisions.  Our green procurement plan is indicated in the Greening Government table.

Integrating sustainable development

The TSB will continue to ensure that its decision-making processes include 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 TSB’s assessments are made public when an initiative that has undergone a detailed SEA is announced on its web page. 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.

FSDS goal: Greening Government

FSDS target FSDS contributing actions Corresponding departmental action(s) Contribution by each departmental action to the FSDS goal and target Starting point(s), target(s) and performance indicator(s) for departmental actions Link to the department’s Program Inventory
Actions supporting the Greening Government goal and the Policy on Green Procurement Departments will use environmental criteria to reduce the environmental impact and ensure best value in government procurement decisions Purchase hybrid  vehicles where available for our operational requirements   Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency

The first hybrid vehicle was purchased in 2019/20.

Performance indicator : percentage of hybrid vehicles in the TSB fleet

Target: one in three vehicle purchase is a hybrid. 

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Install additional water bottle filling station and promote use of reusable water bottles Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing waste, by reducing single-use plastics usage in government operations

There is currently one such station at Head Office.

Performance indicator: Count of water bottle fillings
Target: 10,000 fillings/year

Promote use of wifi and use of teleconferencing / videoconferencing resources for meetings Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air contaminants by reducing travel requirements; Reducing waste by lowering paper use requirements

All employees have been provided with mobile computing devices and mobile phone where possible, along with software and tools to support teleconferencing

Performance indicator:  number of paperless meetings / number of meetings using telepresence

Target:  50% reduction of paper use from the 2019/20 baseline

Target:  Telepresence or Skype availability is arranged/announced for all meetings calling for attendance from multiple sites

Acquire new types of furniture via GCtransfer; Dispose of surplus furniture by offering on GCtransfer and GCsurplus Supporting reuse of furniture between Government Departments

GCtransfer and GCsurplus are the place of choice for acquiring new furniture not already available within TSB.  New purchases via SOSA/SA proceeds only when it has been impossible to find what is required on GCtransfer or GCsurplus; Surplus furniture is listed for reuse on those sites.

Performance indicator:  Quantity of furniture pieces reused via GCtransfer or GCsurplus.

Target: new furniture acquisitions are sought from GCtransfer for a minimum of one month prior to considering other options

Target: all surplus furniture is advertised on GCtransfer or GCsurplus for a minimum of two weeks

Purchase new IT hardware and software via PSPC/SSC consolidated procurement instruments that include environmental criteria. Improving energy efficiency, reducing waste and supporting reuse and recycling

Performance indicator: Percentage of IT hardware and software purchased that meet the environmental criteria.

Target: 100% of IT hardware and software purchased meet the environmental criteria

Reuse IT equipment internally where possible; dispose of surplus IT equipment through the Computers for Schools programs Reducing hazardous waste

Performance indicator: Percentage of surplus IT equipment disposed of via Computers for Schools

Target: All IT equipment to be disposed is first offered to Computers for Schools.

Support for green procurement will be strengthened, including guidance, tools and training for public service employees Procurement specialists have completed the required Green Procurement training to apply sustainability and life-cycle assessment principles in procurement policies and practices. Guidance, tools and training are provided to procurement specialists; Final procurement choices include sustainability considerations such as carbon reduction, use of clean technology and promotion of sustainable plastics

Performance indicator: Percentage of specialists in procurement and materiel management who have completed training on green procurement

Target: 100% of procurement specialists have completed the Green Procurement training

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