Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

1. Context for the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

Although the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is not bound by the Federal Sustainable Development Act (FSDA) and is not required to develop a full departmental sustainable development stragey, the TSB adheres to the principles of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS).
The 2016–2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (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 Transportation Safety Board (TSB) supports reporting on the implementation of the FSDS and its Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy through the activities described in this supplementary information table.

2. Sustainable development in the Transportation Safety Board

The TSB’s Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy for 2017 to 2020 describes the department’s actions in support of achieving low-carbon vehicle and furniture purchases, IT hardware and software, sustainable workplace and travel practices, waste reduction and minimization of environmental impacts of assets throughout their life cycle. This supplementary information table presents available results for the departmental actions pertinent to these goals. Last year’s supplementary information table is posted on the TSB website.

3. Departmental performance by FSDS goal

The following tables provide performance information on departmental actions in support of the FSDS goals listed in section 2.

FSDS goal: low-carbon government
FSDS
target(s)
FSDS
contributing
action(s)
Corresponding
departmental
action(s)
Support for
United Nations
Sustainable Development
Goal (UN SDG)
target
Starting point(s),
target(s) and
performance indicator(s)
for departmental actions
Results
achieved
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 Improve the energy efficiency of our buildings/operations* New facilities for TSB - High performance building standards to be considered during the planning phase for new buildings or lease renewal projects. Goal 12 – Responsible Production and Consumption Percentage of new building or lease renewal projects that meet high performance building (such as LEED) standards 90%
Modernize our fleet* TSB will reduce GHG emissions from its fleets as it focuses on alternative strategies to reduce employee reliance on ground transportation. Goal 12 – Responsible Production and Consumption TSB will gradually increase the percentage of hybrid vehicles in its fleet to reduce the consumption of fuel and GHG emissions as they become available in the categories needed for our operational needs. 35% by 2020
Support the transition to a low-carbon economy through green procurement Procurement specialists have completed the required Green Procurement training to apply sustainability and life-cycle assessment principles in procurement policies and practices. 12.7 – Sustainable procurement practices Percentage of procurement specialists who have completed the required green procurement training 100%
Percentage of surplus assets sold for reuse or recycled 90%
All of TSB office furniture purchase will include criteria to reduce the environmental impact associated with the production, acquisition, use and/or disposal of furniture Percentage of office furniture purchases that used green suppliers; green products, standing offers or supply arrangements with green considerations. 95%
Information technology (IT) hardware and software will be purchased against PSPC/SSC consolidated procurement instruments that meet environmental criteria Percentage of IT hardware and software purchased against PSPC/SSC consolidated procurement instruments that meet environmental criteria. IT software includes all commercial off-the-shelf licences. 90%
Tout le matériel informatique en surplus est réutilisé ou recyclé. Percentage of IT hardware sent to Computers for Schools program o disposed through a recognized recycling program 100%
Demonstrate innovative technologies* Employees have received either a laptop or tablet in order to reduce energy consumption and material waste such as paper Goal 12 – Responsible Production and Consumption Percentage of employees who are able to make use of this technology who have either a laptop or tablet. 90%
Promote sustainable travel practices* Reduce business travel by updating the video conference systems in order to encourage teleconferencing between Headquarters, regions and stakeholders Goal 12 – Responsible Production and Consumption Percentage of increase in use of videoconferencing equipment in meeting rooms compared to 2017-2018 5%
Understand climate change impacts and build resilience* Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable
Improve transparency and accountability Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable
Develop policy for low‑carbon government Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

* This contributing action does not apply to small and micro departments. These departments should insert “Not applicable” in columns three to six.

† This contributing action applies only to the Centre for Greening Government at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS). All other departments should insert “Not applicable” in columns three to six.

Additional departmental sustainable development activities and initiatives related to Sustainable workplace practices

Additional departmental activities and initiatives Support for United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) target Starting points, targets and performance indicators Results achieved
Use of recycled photocopy paper Goal 12 – Responsible Production and Consumption Percentage of photocopy paper purchased with recycled content. 100%
Reduce printing devices by increasing ratio of employee per printing device Goal 12 – Responsible Production and Consumption Ratio of employees per printing device. 8:1 (Baseline = 7:1)
Educate employees to use laptop or tablet instead of printing documents Goal 12 – Responsible Production and Consumption Number of information sessions held during the year on using WIFI on their laptop or tablet in attending meetings 2 sessions to be held
Reduce or eliminate traditional fax machines to reduce consumption of paper and electricity Goal 12 – Responsible Production and Consumption Number of traditional fax machines eliminated from baseline 20

4. Report on integrating sustainable development

During the 2018–19 reporting cycle, the Transportation Safety Board had no proposals that required a Strategic Environmental Assessment and no public statements were produced.

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