The NCC is reducing its carbon footprint and the amount of waste created on the lands it manages.

We have committed to eight actions and 19 indicators under the “Low-carbon government” goal.

Our actions

Each action has a set of indicators — with clear, concrete and measurable targets — to evaluate success. The status of each are as reported in the 2019-2020 annual report.

2.1 Audit energy use in NCC buildings.

Audit at least 75% of NCC buildings |  Begun, off track

  • So far, we have audited 21% of our energy-consuming buildings. This number includes 20% of the official residences and 27% of our residential and agricultural buildings.
  • An agreement with Natural Resources Canada and an increase in the number of audits will help us meet this target over the next two years.

2.2 Analyze greenhouse gas emissions from construction projects.

Adopt a means of analyzing greenhouse gas emissions | Begun, on track

  • We have not yet adopted a means of analyzing greenhouse gas emissions. We are reviewing this action in light of new Greening Government Strategy requirements to apply zero carbon standards to all new buildings and major renovations.

Analyze greenhouse gas emissions in at least 75% of projects | Begun, on track

  • At Rideau Hall, we are designing the first Passive House-certified federal government office building. We are implementing net zero carbon requirements for the storage, maintenance and service building. We also upgraded the building envelope at Harrington Lake to improve its energy efficiency.
  • We have initiated a project to renovate the Westboro Beach pavilion to a net zero building standard.
  • New proposals for commercial buildings on NCC-managed lands must include ways to reduce emissions and integrate sustainable design.

2.3 Track the energy use, water use and greenhouse gas emissions of NCC properties.

Track at least 75% of NCC buildings in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager |  Begun, off track

  • This project has been delayed due to the size and complexity of the NCC’s energy portfolio. In 2020–2021, we will begin tracking building energy using RETScreen Energy Management Software instead of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. RETScreen offers project feasibility analysis in addition to portfolio performance analysis.
  • We have been tracking emissions from the buildings and lands that we control fully.

Reduce our CO2 emissions by 40% (compared with a 2005 baseline) | Begun, on track

  • In the 2018–2019 fiscal year, we reduced emissions from the buildings and lands that we fully control by 57%. Of this reduction, 5% is due to changes in NCC operations, and the other 52% is due to the decarbonization of the Ontario and Quebec energy grids.

2.4 Adopt minimum energy- and water-efficiency standards for NCC construction projects.

Adopt minimum energy- and water-efficiency standards | Begun, on track

  • We have not yet adopted minimum energy- and water-efficiency standards, but we are reviewing this action in light of new Greening Government Strategy requirements to adopt net zero energy-ready building codes.
  • All renovations at the NCC’s official residences have a main goal of reducing energy demand.

2.5 Purchase zero-emission or hybrid vehicles for the NCC fleet.

At least 75% of new light-duty vehicles purchased for the fleet each year are zero-emission or hybrid vehicles | Begun, on track

  • In 2019–2020, all vehicles purchased were e-vehicles, where e-vehicle options existed.
  • We plan on purchasing at least two more zero-emission vehicles for 2020–2021. Zero-emission and hybrid vehicles currently make up 15% of NCC fleet vehicles.

2.6 Launch a green purchasing policy.

Adopt a green procurement policy that includes life cycle | Not yet begun

  • Procurement Services works with clients to identify environmental considerations in the procurement process. It continues to use the NCC Green Procurement Guidelines, adopted in 2012. As per Greening Government Strategy requirements, we will update these guidelines to include life cycle analysis and requirements to reduce carbon and plastic waste.

2.7 Invest in low-carbon transportation for employee travel.

Track CO2 emissions from NCC business travel | Not yet begun

  • We will begin tracking emissions from staff business travel in 2020–2021.

Increase the percentage of staff commutes using low-carbon forms of transportation by 10% (based on a 2012 baseline) | Begun, on track

  • From May to September 2019, we ran a bike-to-work campaign for NCC staff. The campaign collected commuting data through surveys.
  • A total of 60% of survey respondents rode their bikes to work at least once a week, and nine NCC employees began cycling to work for the first time in 2019. We will include all forms of sustainable commuting in future campaigns.

Increase the percentage of local staff business trips taken using low-carbon forms of transportation by 10% (based on a 2012 baseline) | Not yet begun

  • We will begin tracking emissions from staff business trips taken using sustainable forms of transportation in 2020–2021. We currently have two electric bikes and seven zero-emission or hybrid vehicles available for local staff business trips.

2.8 Reduce landfill waste created by NCC sites and operations.

Each year, prevent at least 90% of the waste from building demolitions on NCC sites from going to landfills | Begun, on track

  • All building demolitions that have taken place on NCC sites since 2018–2019 diverted at least 95% of waste from landfills.

Each year, prevent at least 80% of the waste from Rideau Canal Skateway activities from going to landfills |  Begun, off track

  • All waste on the Rideau Canal Skateway is sorted to make sure all recyclable and compostable materials do not go to landfill. The diversion rate for 2019–2020 was 78%. We will continue to work with the food concessions to make sure that all disposable dishes are either recyclable or compostable.

Each year, prevent at least 60% of NCC office waste from going to landfills |  Begun, off track

  • A 2019 waste audit for NCC headquarters at 40 Elgin Street showed a diversion rate of 72%. We will complete an updated waste audit for all NCC staff offices in 2020–2021.

Each year, prevent at least 50% of the waste from major events on NCC sites from going to landfills |  Begun, off track

  • In 2019–2020, the average waste diversion rate for major events held on NCC sites was 39%.The NCC will work with event organizers to build knowledge of waste management options.

Each year, prevent at least 60% of the waste along the Rideau Canal corridor from going to landfills | Not yet begun

  • We are currently exploring a partnership to set up a waste diversion program along the Rideau Canal corridor.

LEGEND:

Begun, on track: Work toward this action has begun, and the project is on track to be completed on time and for the target to be met.
 Begun, off track: Work toward this action has begun, and issues have arisen that have required the timeline for the completion of the project to be extended or that will make it difficult to meet the target.
Will not meet target OR Target not met: The target for this action will not be met or has not been met.
Not yet begun: Work toward this action has not yet begun.