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Transportation Safety Board of Canada - Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

i. Approach

In 2013-14, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB) approach to greening its operations was to ensure green considerations were incorporated in its procurement and disposal practices and that key personnel were trained and evaluated on green objectives.

ii. Management Processes and Controls

  • The TSB continued to use the Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) procurement instruments as its primary procurement mechanism. As a result, it leveraged the environmental considerations incorporated into these Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements by PWGSC.
  • The TSB continued to follow the Federal Electronic Waste Strategy for the disposal of electronic and electrical equipment.
  • The templates for Request for Proposal and Request for Goods and Services are provided by PWGSC. Since environmental considerations are incorporated in Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements, these templates also leverage these considerations.
  • Given the small size of the TSB, the department does not establish targets and measure performance with respect to minimizing its environmental footprint and resource consumption. However these objectives are considered in its operations.

iii. Setting Targets

The TSB had set the following targets in the 2013-14 RPP:

  • 90% (on a dollar value basis) of TSB purchases of goods that are available on Standing Offers and Supply Arrangements will be made through PWGSC procurement instruments.
  • All new TSB procurement and materiel management personnel will receive green procurement training within six (6) months of beginning their employment with the TSB.
  • All new TSB materiel management personnel will also receive the Disposal of Surplus Moveable Crown Assets and Investment Recovery course given by the Canada School of Public Service within six (6) months of beginning their employment with the TSB.
  • All functional heads of procurement and materiel management will have green procurement objectives included in their performance agreements.

iv. Meeting Targets

  • All targets were achieved. Additionally, the TSB shrank its environmental footprint by closing its warehouse and consolidating its operations in two locations within the National Capital Region. The department has also initiated a transition to a digital only approach for its records management and has stopped printing reports and publications by using electronic publishing where possible. These measures have resulted in a reduction in the TSB’s paper usage.

Strategic Environmental Assessments

The TSB’s mandate is to advance transportation safety through the conduct of independent investigations into selected occurrences in the air, marine, rail and pipeline transportation modes. Given its mandate, the TSB does not have plans, programs and policies subject to strategic environmental assessments.