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Get ready for the Canadian federal single-use plastics ban this year!

What is the Single-Use Plastics Ban?

Single-use plastics are, as their name implies, plastic products designed to be used once and then disposed of.  Under the existing Canadian Environmental Protection Act (federal), plastics were placed on the Federal Toxic Substances List. Later this year, new regulations will be developed and implemented to officially ban single-use plastics in Canada.

Banning single-use plastics is a significant component of our federal government’s goal of achieving zero plastic waste in Canada by the year 2030, a goal that we can all support in both our personal lives and as procurement professionals.

What does Procurement have to do with the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals with 169 targets designed as a blueprint to help achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The SDGs, set in 2015 by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly and intended to be achieved by the year 2030, are part of a UN Resolution called "The 2030 Agenda".

Implementing the agenda requires co-operation amongst society including all governments, and as always, public procurement plays a key role.

Sustainable Procurement has a New legislative Home in our Province

This is an exciting time for Sustainable Development in our province.  As of November 8, 2018, The Climate and Green Plan Act is in effect. As a result of this new legislation, The Sustainable Development Act and The Climate Change and Emissions Reductions Act have been repealed.  But don’t worry, the new Act continues to promote sustainable procurement.

Let's get electric - Providing electric vehicle charging stations

As more electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles become available and as society transitions to these vehicles, municipalities and businesses look to increase electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure for employees, customers and citizens in general. There are numerous EV charging station options with a variety of features in the marketplace… wondering where to start?

Procurement and your organization’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory

More and more municipalities, cities and businesses are measuring and reporting their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on an annual basis.  Compiling these annual emissions is often the role of a Sustainable Development professional or Greenhouse Gas Accountant/specialist. 

Updated Environmental & Social Criteria for EPEAT Computers and Displays

In a recent webinar, the Green Electronics Council (GEC) announced that EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) certification criteria has been updated for computers and displays. But what does this mean for procurement?

Is your organization creating a smartphone App? Make sure it’s accessible!

If your organization is creating a smartphone app, be sure to check out the Minimum Sustainable Recommendations section of the Mobile (Smartphone) Apps page on the SPM website!  This page provides information on the specifications to request to the app/software developer to ensure accessibility features are incorporated into the smartphone app.

Progress Report for 2016 & 2017

The SPM Working Group created a progress report providing a summary of activities in 2016 and 2017. Click here to view the report!

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