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The Department of Finance’s 2004-06 Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) was released in February 2004. The Department’s two key sustainable development goals for this period were: ensuring intergenerational equity and more fully integrating economic, social and environmental considerations and objectives into policy making. To help focus the Department’s efforts, the 2004-06 SDS identified four theme areas upon which to base action over the three year period: Building the Future; Integrating the Economy and the Environment; Integrating Sustainable Development in the Global Economy; and Greening Operations. The Department’s sustainable development action plan sets out a number of objectives and targeted actions in each of these theme areas. The following table shows the results achieved for fiscal year 2006-07 for each targeted action.

Actions for 2004-06 Results Achieved in 2006-07

Key Issue 1: Building the Future

Objective 1a: Maintaining a Healthy Fiscal Climate

1a.1: Continue to pursue the Government’s Debt Repayment Plan to ensure the federal debt-to-GDP (gross domestic product) ratio remains on a permanent downward track

A budgetary surplus of $13.8 billion was achieved in 2006-07, bringing the federal debt as a share of GDP to 32.3 per cent, down from its 2005-06 level of 35.1 per cent.

Objective 1b: Building a Strong Society

1b.1: Ensure predictable and growing funding for health and social programs

The Government of Canada committed significant new funding for health and social programs over the course of the 2004-06 Sustainable Development Strategy. The Department is responsible for implementing a number of these commitments, including the 2003 Accord on Health Care Renewal, the 2003 Multilateral Framework on Early Learning and Child Care, the 2004 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care, the Budget 2007 plan to restore fiscal balance, as well as providing additional funding to provinces and territories to address issues in post-secondary education, public transit, affordable housing, climate change, patient wait times guarantees and Human Papilloma Virus immunization against cancer of the cervix.

In 2006-07, following consultations on fiscal balance with stakeholders, including provinces and territories and academics and experts, the Government proposed to strengthen and renew the Canada Social Transfer (CST), the main federal transfer to provinces and territories in support of post-secondary education and social programs (including child care), as part of its overall plan to restore fiscal balance. Budget 2007 proposes to put the CST on a long-term predictable path by:

  • Extending the CST to 2013-14, putting it on the same long-term legislative track as the Canada Health Transfer;
  • Allocating cash support on an equal per capita basis to ensure equal treatment of all provinces and territories, starting in 2007-08. To support this change, and ensure that provinces and territories are protected from declines as a result of this change, total CST cash levels will be increased by $687 million in 2007-08;
  • Increasing the CST by $800 million annually for post-secondary education and $250 million annually for the creation of child care spaces, beginning in 2008-09; and
  • Applying an automatic three per cent escalator to the CST, effective 2009-10, to ensure that the CST will grow in line with inflation and population.

As a result of these investments, the CST will increase from its 2006-07 level of $8.5 billion in cash transfers to over $12.2 billion by 2013-14, a $3.7 billion increase. Taken together, these actions will provide long-term, predictable and growing support for social priorities.

In addition to investments in the CST, the Government committed to provide $500 million annually to provinces and territories for labour market training, beginning in 2008-09. The funding will be allocated on an equal per capita basis and will provide $3 billion in support over the next six years.

Budget 2007 also committed over $3 billion in additional funding to provinces and territories through third-party trust funds for patient wait times guarantees, clean air and climate change, HPV immunization and to meet outstanding commitments for post-secondary education and labour with certain provinces. Payment was made to the third-party trusts for the benefit of provinces and territories on June 28, 2007.

In Budget 2006, the Government committed $3.3 billion in new funding to provinces and territories in respect of post-secondary education, public transit and affordable housing under the authority provided by Bill C-48, An Act to authorize the Minister of Finance to make certain payments, contingent on the 2005-06 federal surplus being greater than $2 billion.

On September 25, 2006, the Annual Financial Report was released and confirmed that sufficient funds were available to provide the entire funding of $3.3 billion to provinces and territories for these commitments. Payment was made to third-party trusts for the benefit of provinces and territories on September 27, 2006.

1b.2: Improve the transparency and accountability of federal transfer support to the provinces and territories.

Significant progress was made on improving transparency and accountability of federal transfer support effective April 1, 2004 when the Canada Health and Social Transfer (CHST) was restructured into two new block transfers: a Canada Health Transfer (CHT) in support of health; and a Canada Social Transfer (CST) in support of post-secondary education, social assistance and social services, including early childhood development, and early learning and child care services.

In addition, as part of Budget 2007, the Government identified federal transfer support within the CST, based on current provincial and territorial spending patterns and existing child care agreements, intended for each priority area – post secondary education, social programs and support for children – to enhance the transparency of federal support in these areas of shared priority.

Using this approach, approximately 25 per cent of the entire CST will be notionally earmarked as federal support for post-secondary education in 2007-08. The remaining portion is notionally earmarked to show federal support for other social programs and for children. At the same time, maintaining the block fund structure of the CST ensures provinces and territories have the flexibility to invest CST funds according to the needs and priorities of their residents.

1b.3: Ensure fiscal disparities are addressed through the equalization and Territorial Formula Financing programs.

Over the course of the 2004-06 Sustainable Development Strategy, the Department has continued to ensure that the Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing (TFF) programs address fiscal disparities among governments in Canada.

In 2006-07, the Department implemented the Budget 2006 allocations for Equalization and TFF, providing certainty to provinces and territories, under the authority of Bill C-13, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on May 2, 2006, which received Royal Assent on June 22, 2006. The Department also undertook a series of consultations with provinces and territories and Canadians to take action on the commitment to put Equalization and TFF back on principle-based footing.

Based on these consultations, as well as the June 2006 reports from the Expert Panel on Equalization and TFF (available at:, in Budget 2007 the Government put forward strengthened and renewed Equalization and TFF programs.

The new Equalization program will ensure that Equalization-receiving provinces have the necessary resources to provide reasonably comparable programs and services as those provided by provinces with higher own-source revenues. The main elements of the proposed renewed program include: a higher equalization standard; a new approach to the treatment of natural resources; a fiscal capacity cap; a simplified measurement of fiscal capacity; stable and predictable payment; fulfillment of the commitment to exclude non-renewal resource revenues; and fulfillment of the commitment to respect the Offshore Accords.

The new TFF program will return TFF to a formula-based approach that respects the principles of fairness and predictability and reflects the Government’s commitments to the continued development of the north. The main features of the proposed renewed program include: a separate gap-filling formula for each territory; a simplified measurement of territorial revenues; improved incentives for territories to develop their economies and increase their own-source revenues; and a simplified estimate and payment system to increase predictability.

1b.4: Ensure the retirement income system remains sustainable and meets seniors’ needs.

The Department undertook the research and analysis necessary for federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Finance Ministers to complete their statutory financial review of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) in June 2006.

The Department also assisted in the implementation of the changes agreed to by Ministers during the financial review. Bill C-36 received Royal Assent on May 7, 2007.

The Department, in consultation with provinces and territories, also began the necessary analysis and research to provide advice to Ministers for the next financial review of the CPP. FPT Finance Ministers must make best efforts to complete this review by the end of 2008.

Objective 1c: Implementing Key Federal Environmental Sustainable Development Priorities

1c.1: In the context of planning for future budgets, work with other federal departments and stakeholders to identify ways to address environmental sustainable development priorities.

In the preparation for Budget 2007, the Department met regularly with other federal departments, industry representatives and non-governmental organizations, such as the Green Budget Coalition, to discuss environmental issues and identify spending priorities. Further details on tax measures are set out under Objective 2a.5.

Budget 2007 invested $4.5 billion to clean our air and water, reduce greenhouse gases, combat climate change as well as protect our natural environment.

1c.2: Work with other government departments to evaluate federal horizontal management of water policy.

Input into the evaluation exercise was completed in 2004.

Budget 2007 announced a National Water Strategy to improve the water we drink, clean polluted waters, help maintain water levels in the Great Lakes, protect our ecosystems and ensure the sustainability of our fish resources. Initiatives include:

  • $11 million over two years to accelerate the clean-up of contaminated sediments in eight areas of the Great Lakes Basin identified under the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement;
  • $5 million over two years for the International Joint Commission to carry out a study with the U.S. on the flow of water out of Lake Superior;
  • $12 million over two years to support the clean-up of Lake Simcoe;
  • $7 million over two years to support the clean-up of Lake Winnipeg;
  • $19 million over two years to help clean and protect our oceans and support greater water pollution prevention, surveillance and enforcement along Canada’s coasts;
  • $39 million over two years to increase fisheries science research programs to strengthen fisheries management and resource conservation;
  • $324 million to the Canadian Coast Guard for the procurement, operation and maintenance of an additional six new large vessels – four midshore patrol vessels and two offshore fishery science vessels;
  • New standards to ensure that all First Nations residents have access to safe drinking water;
  • Improving water and wastewater infrastructure, including treatment facilities, sewage collection and water distribution; and
  • A commitment to working with the provinces on tougher, more stringent regulations and controls to address municipal wastewater effluents.

Key Issue 2: Integrating the Economy and the Environment

Objective 2a: Evaluating the Potential for and Developing Practical Uses of Economic Instruments

2a.1: Participate in further work in cooperation with other federal departments, other governments and stakeholders on the design of a system of covenants with the large industrial emitters sector to achieve reductions in their greenhouse gas emission intensities to help further Canada’s climate change objectives under the Kyoto Protocol. Additionally, the Department will participate in work on potential mechanisms to facilitate a domestic and international permit-trading system.

Environment Canada is leading the development of the Regulatory Framework for Air Emissions, which includes a proposal for mandatory reduction targets from major industrial sectors. Finance Canada participated in the development of this framework.

In addition, Finance analysts attended workshops and seminars related to these issues.

2a.2: Continue to participate in the Steering Committee and as observers at working group levels with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy on its Ecological Fiscal Reform program.

Officials from the Economic Development and Corporate Finance (EDCF) Branch have participated in the NRTEE’s Expert Advisory Group, a steering committee for the Ecological Fiscal Reform (EFR) program, and have acted as observers on various EFR working groups, including the most recent research program related to EFR and energy. The EFR and energy research program is now complete, and NRTEE will incorporate future EFR research into its other research programs. The Department will continue to participate in NRTEE Steering Committees as appropriate.

2a.3: Continue to undertake analysis and research concerning the economic and fiscal implications of population aging.

The Department continued its analysis and research on the economic and fiscal implications of population aging. Furthermore, in the 2007 budget, the Government committed to publishing a comprehensive fiscal sustainability and intergenerational report with the 2007 Economic and Fiscal Update. The report will provide a broad analysis of the current and future demographic changes and the implication of these changes for Canada’s long-run economic and fiscal outlook.

2a.4: Continue to keep abreast of the emerging literature related to population aging and its economic and fiscal impacts; develop and employ analytical tools (such as computable general equilibrium models, microsimulation models and econometric methods) to examine impacts associated with population aging and provide analysis of current and proposed policies.

The Department continued to keep abreast of the emerging literature related to population aging and developed and employed analytical tools to examine the economic and fiscal impacts associated with population aging. These tools will serve as inputs to the fiscal sustainability and intergenerational report that will be published with the 2007 Economic and Fiscal Update.

2a.5: Continue to evaluate research concerning environment-related tax measures. Assess the potential of proposals received from stakeholders for using the tax system to assist the Government in meeting its environmental objectives, with specific emphasis on the relative effectiveness of tax measures compared to other instruments that may be available within the context of the Government’s other fiscal and policy objectives.

The Department continued to evaluate research and proposals concerning potential environment-related tax measures in consultation with other government departments and stakeholders, including taxpayers, industry associations and environmental organizations.

The Department conducted analysis that was integral to a number of tax policy changes announced in Budgets 2006 and 2007 including:

  • Increasing incentives to protect Canada’s natural heritage by eliminating capital gains tax on donations of ecologically-sensitive land (or easements on such land) under the Ecogift program (Budget 2006).
  • Providing tax assistance for taxpayers who make a sustained commitment to public transit use through the introduction of a public transit tax credit (PTTC) for monthly passes and passes of longer duration (Budget 2006). The PTTC was extended in Budget 2007 to electronic fare cards that are frequently-used within a monthly period and to weekly passes that are purchased for at least 4 consecutive weeks.
  • Rebalancing the tax system to encourage industry to invest in clean energy, while phasing-out accelerated capital cost allowance (CCA) for general investment in the oil sands (Budget 2007).
  • Extending to 2020 the existing accelerated CCA provided under Class 43.2 for energy generation equipment that uses renewable energy sources, waste fuels or fossil fuels efficiently and expanding it to include wave and tidal energy, and additional solar energy and waste-to-energy technologies (Budget 2007).
  • The introduction of a new Vehicle Efficiency Incentive (VEI) structure to provide an incentive for consumers to purchase fuel-efficient vehicles. The VEI structure consists of a performance-based rebate program offering up to $2,000 for the purchase of a new fuel-efficient vehicle, and a new Green Levy on fuel-inefficient vehicles. Under the Green Levy, passenger vehicles with an overall fuel efficiency rating exceeding 13.0L/100 km will be subject to a levy of between $1,000 and $4,000, depending on the vehicle’s fuel-efficiency rating (Budget 2007).

Objective 2b: Increasing the Knowledge Base Through Integrated Decision Making

2b.1: Continue to maintain awareness of the departmental process for implementing the 1999 Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals (Strategic Environmental Assessment).

Departmental officials held a briefing session for all employees on departmental procedures for conducting Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs). A representative from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency provided information to employees on the rationale for SEAs and general guidance on applying the Cabinet Directive. In addition, information on the procedures to conduct SEAs in the Department is included in orientation material for all new employees to the Department.

2b.2: Conduct research and analysis on environmental and natural resource issues.

The Department has continued its efforts to improve the knowledge base on environmental and natural resource issues by conducting research and analysis on environmental and natural resources issues such as emissions trading, and CO2 capture and storage.

Key Issue 3: Integrating Sustainable Development in the Global Economy

Objective 3a: Participating in Negotiating International Environmental Agreements

3a.1: Support initiatives to enhance the understanding of linkages between Multilateral Environmental Agreements and trade rules.

The Department continued to participate, along with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), in the development of the Canadian position for multilateral negotiations on the relationship between World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations and various Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). Specifically, the Department continued to participate actively in WTO Rules negotiations, one of the principal aims of which is to improve the global governance of common fisheries resources.

3a.2: Collaborate with other government departments on Canada’s ongoing approach to international negotiations and activities on climate change, focusing primarily on economic and fiscal issues under negotiation.

The Department contributed to Canada’s participation in the G7 discussion on climate change during Ministerial meetings in Essen, Germany held in February of 2007.

Objective 3b: Integrating Environment Into Future Negotiations on Trade and Investment Agreements

3b.1: In conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), examine trade and environment linkages in the context of the World Trade Organization and trade negotiations.

The Department continued to work with DFAIT on the development of the Canadian position for multilateral negotiations on trade and environment, as called for in the Doha Ministerial Declaration. The Department also continued to contribute to the development of Strategic Environmental Assessments of trade and investment agreements in order to identify the likely economic effects and related environmental impacts of these agreements with the objective of integrating environmental considerations into decision-making processes.

3b.2: With DFAIT and Industry Canada, strive to promote free trade in the environmental sector and continue to review specific requests to remove tariffs unilaterally where they are identified as a significant disincentive to the acquisition of environmental technology products.

Further to the Doha Ministerial Declaration, the Department worked with Industry Canada and DFAIT on the development of a revised document containing a list of environmental goods, and emphasizing the positive environmental effects of global free trade in such items. The document was submitted to the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment.

Objective 3c: Involving International Financial Institutions

3c.1: Work with other donor governments during the 14th replenishment of the World Bank/International Development Association’s (IDA14) financing for the world’s poorest countries to ensure that sustainable development issues remain high priorities (the replenishment negotiations are expected to begin in early 2004, with the three-year replenishment period to become effective in July 2005).

The Department worked with other donor governments during the 14th replenishment of the World Bank/International Development Association’s (IDA14) financing for the world’s poorest countries to ensure that sustainable development issues remain high priorities. The replenishment negotiations formally concluded in April 2005, and the agreement became effective in July 2005. The Department consulted with other Departments and interested NGOs in developing an IDA14 negotiating position that stressed sustainable development as an operational priority. During the negotiations, Canada engaged with other donors to support this theme. One of the two pillars of IDA14’s operating strategy is "Sustainable Growth". This pillar acknowledges the importance of sustainable development. IDA donors agreed that the environment plays a critical role in ensuring that development in IDA countries is sustainable and poverty reduction is lasting. IDA will aim to design its programs and projects with a view to ensuring long-term environmental and social sustainability and reducing the vulnerability of poor people to long-term environmental degradation.

The Department is ensuring that our financial obligation to IDA14 is being fulfilled. In total, Canada committed to provide IDA with $1,043.25 million in three instalments over the IDA14 period (July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2008). The Department made the first payment in February 2006, the second in January 2007 and the third will be made in January 2008. These resources will allow IDA to implement the sustainable development priorities that were identified during the replenishment negotiations.

The IDA14 mid-term review in November 2006 demonstrated that IDA has been successful at implementing their IDA14 strategy, with their disbursements of aid to developing countries at near-record highs.

Under the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI), Canada will contribute its share of the costs to cancel 100% of debts owed to the IMF, IDA and the African Development Fund by countries that complete the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative. This can free up domestic resources for sustainable development expenditures. Canada provided the IMF with $16.6 million for MDRI in 2005-06, fulfilling its entire financial obligation to the institution to date. Canada also met its financial obligations to IDA and the ADF for 2006-07, with contributions of $35.3 million and $10.4 million, respectively.

3c.2: Undertake consultations in 2004 with interested Canadian non-governmental organizations to exchange views on how best to support sustainable development within the IDA14 negotiations and within the international financial institutions more broadly.

The Department organised several consultations with interested NGOs throughout the IDA14 replenishment negotiation process on broad development issues, including sustainable development. These consultations were intended to inform the Department’s negotiating position, as well as to facilitate the NGOs’ involvement with the World Bank in its own public consultations. The Department also consulted with NGOs on broader development issues, including those raised by the independent review of the World Bank’s activities in the extractive industries.

In the lead up to the IDA14 mid-term review, consultations with fifteen Canadian and international NGOs were held by the Department in October, 2006. It was an opportunity to benefit from their views on issues related to the IMF and World Bank, including the promotion of sustainable growth and development.

3c.3: Work with the Executive Boards of the World Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to support operations that promote sustainable development.

The World Bank Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are committed to promoting environmentally sound and sustainable development projects and policies in countries where they operate. In keeping with their respective mandates, Boards of Directors in these institutions consider and approve projects and policies that promote sustainable economic growth and lead to poverty reduction. Canadian Executive Directors, which represent Canada as well as other constituency countries at these institutions, continued to stress the priority of sustainable development during policy and project discussions at Board meetings. The Department supported the Executive Directors’ offices by providing analysis and advice in the formulation of policies as well as the review and approval of projects to ensure that these have a significant development impact.

The World Bank Group:

In fiscal year 2006-07, the World Bank Executive Board approved and endorsed a number of strategies and policies geared towards improving the Bank Group’s work in promoting long-term, sustainable development. The strategies endorsed include an initiative to make the institution more responsive to the changing needs of its middle-income and creditworthy low-income borrowers, which are estimated to be home to 70% of the world’s poor. During deliberations on this initiative, which is entitled "Strengthening the World Bank’s Engagement with IBRD Partner Countries", Canadian representatives consistently pushed the Bank to ensure that the changes introduced would uphold and strengthen the institution’s mandate to fight worldwide poverty and promote long-term development. The Executive Board also approved implementation of the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI) and the "Investment Framework for Clean Energy and Development."

Fiscal year 2006-07 also saw the World Bank Executive Board approve a wide range of development projects and programs in various regions which promoted sustainable development. These include the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility, to which Canada is the largest contributor at CAD$ 20 million. The Canadian Executive Director actively raised concerns about another initiative, the Lagos Metropolitan Development and Governance Project for Nigeria, by stating that the Lagos project should address governance and anticorruption issues, encourage community participation especially in tackling the sensitive issue of relocation of displaced citizens, and provide appropriate environmental benefits to the city of Lagos. The Executive Board also approved seven projects for the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan, which entail commitment amounts totalling almost US$300 million. Canada has consistently encouraged the World Bank and other international institutions to engage in projects of this nature that promote sustainable recovery and growth in Afghanistan.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development:

The most significant of policies approved by the EBRD Board were: the New Energy Policy and the related Sustainable Energy Initiative which aim at improving management of natural resources in client countries and as well making climate change a more formal priority for the Bank. The Bank has also undertaken a review of its existing Environmental Policy. At the project-level, the Bank has increased its financing for the Micro and Small business program to more than €1.5 billion (or a third of all projects signed in 2006-07). Consistent with its environment-oriented mandate and an increased focus on results and development impact, in 2006-07, the EBRD has almost doubled the number of environmental and social monitoring visits in client countries.

Objective 3d: Increasing knowledge and understanding of the relationship between financial services and international environmental practices

3d.1: Participate in upcoming events such as the annual UNEP Finance Initiative Global Roundtable and other corporate social responsibility events.

The Department has continued to attend conferences and events that increase our knowledge of international environmental practices as they relate to the financial sector. These included the Globe 2006, organized by the Globe Foundation of Canada and the 2006 Triple-Bottom Line Investing (TBLI) conference, both recognized as leading-edge events on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and socially responsible investing (SRI) in the financial sector. This participation helped increase knowledge and understanding of the relationship between financial services and international environmental practices within the Department.

Objective 3e: Maintaining a dialogue with federal financial institutions on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility with a view to continually improving the annual Public Accountability Statements

3e.1: Maintain open dialogue with representatives of financial institutions on Public Accountability Statements.

The Department has maintained an open dialogue with financial institutions subject to the Public Accountability Statements (PAS) publication requirement, which was part of Bill C-8, the legislation reforming the framework for financial institutions that came into force in October 2001. The Department has also continued to monitor Canadian financial institutions reporting under the legislative requirement for annual PAS, particularly with regards to corporate social responsibility issues. The quality of the reports was a result of a successful dialogue between the Financial Sector Policy Branch and financial institutions.

Objective 3f: Informing and educating others interested in sustainable development on the merits of the Public Accountability Statements

3f.1: Participate in various interdepartmental and external events.

Department of Finance officials continued to respond to inquiries from domestic and international stakeholders about the reporting requirements for financial institutions under the Public Accountability Statement Regulations. The Department provided input on sustainable development initiatives as they pertain to financial institutions as needed. During 2006-07, fewer inquiries were received.

Key Issue 4: Greening Operations

Objective 4a: Enhancing awareness of the environmental impacts of our operations and encouraging employee and management adoption of best practices

4a.1: Increase the proportion of employees participating in the ongoing promotion of SD principles in the workplace to 20 per cent by 2006.[1]

Participation in Corporate Services endorsed environmental events and initiatives for its client departments and increased by 20.36 percent in 2006 from the 2003 baseline of 12 percent.

4a.2: Increase the number of requests for materials on greening initiatives, policies and achievements by 30 per cent by 2006.[2]

Visitors to the "Greening the Office" pages of the InfoSite (intranet) of TBS and Fin increased by 56 percent from the 2003 baseline period to 2006.

Objective 4b: Developing tools and guides and maintaining existing programs to support the implementation of best practices

4b.1: Develop a tracking system to determine the baseline and benchmarks for the recommendation of environmentally preferred products and services by 2006.

A green procurement training course was developed, implemented and training was provided for use by Acquisition Card Holders (ACH) during 2005. However, the program did not achieve its objectives of tracking and recording green purchases. As a result, Corporate Services is re-evaluating its approach and, as indicated in the SDS 2007-2009, will now target Materiel and Procurement personnel in its efforts to develop a tracking system.

4b.2: Develop and implement a strategy to reduce resource consumption by 2005.

A resource consumption strategy was developed which focused on reducing the department’s use of energy, paper, and its production of solid waste. Some concrete results include 800,000 less sheets of paper used, reduced hand paper towel use measures and a reduction in energy consumption in the order of 1,000,000 KWH annually for changes in CRT to LCD monitors.

1. From a 12-per-cent baseline of employees who participated in a Finance-endorsed event in 2003.[Return]

2. From a baseline of 1,300 requests for information on the Greening the Office intranet site in 2002–03.[Return]