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Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

i. Approach

In 2014-15, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB) maintained its approach to greening its operations by ensuring green considerations were incorporated in its procurement and disposal practices and that key personnel were trained on green objectives.

ii. Management Processes and Controls

iii. Setting Targets

The TSB had set the following targets in the 2014-15 RPP:

iv. Meeting Targets

The TSB met some but not all of its established targets.

The TSB continues to review opportunities to reduce its resource consumption in its operations for both environmental and financial benefits. The TSB has reduced its spending on postage and freight by 23%, and communications and printing by 19% between 2013-14 and 2014-15. The TSB closely monitors its consumption of gas and hydro by its Operational Services Laboratory. By reducing ventilation during quiet hours, conversion of lighting to more efficient fluorescent fixtures and LED fixtures, and other efficiency measures, there has been a continuous downward trend in hydro consumption over the last 5 years. Additionally, the TSB no longer replaces its vehicles on a fixed schedule but first assesses the mileage and working conditions of each, which has resulted in extended lifecycles. The TSB previously acquired two to three vehicles a year while in 2014-15 it acquired none and only one in 2013-14.

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.