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Report on Plans and Priorities 2011-2012
Electronic Layer of Reporting
Elements of NRCan's Sustainable Development Strategy

Adressing Climate Change and Air Quality

FSDS Target 2.3 - Chemicals Management

Reduce air pollutants in order to maintain or improve air quality across the country and achieve the emission targets which are currently under development in consultations with provinces and stakeholders.

FSDS Implementation Strategy - Clean Transportation

2.3.6 Apply life-cycle thinking, sustainable materials management and environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes to promote sustainable consumption and minimize the impacts of products and wastes on the environment and human health. (EC, NRCan)

You will find below details about NRCan's activities that contribute to this implementation strategy:

Minerals and Metals Markets, Innovation and Investment

This activity is nested within NRCan’s Program Activity Architecture (PAA) as follows:

  • Strategic Outcome 1 - 
    Economic Competitiveness

    • Program Activity 1.1 - 
      Economic Opportunities for Natural Resources

      • Sub Activity 1.1.1
        Minerals and Metals Markets, Innovation and Investment

Description

The mining sector is highly competitive, involves multiple stakeholders and is managed by multiple jurisdictions that all require information to make informed decisions. Under Sub Activity - Minerals and Metals Markets, Innovation and Investment (PAA 1.1.1), NRCan assists in the coordination and increased coherence for jurisdictions and stakeholders to make decisions that position the sector to remain competitive.

Under this Sub Activity, the Recycling Program promotes and enhances recycling in Canada by providing information about metals and minerals recycling and recycling in general. NRCan promotes recycling of electronic waste, encouraging the electronics manufacturing and retail industries to think in terms of materials life cycles; contributing to the sustainable management of rare elements found in electronic components; and promoting recycling as an environmentally sound alternative to sending to landfills the often hazardous components found in electronic equipment.

The Recycling Program includes a significant dimension aimed at public and industry education, enabling capacity to reduce emissions that impact air quality, as well as GHG emissions. Key products from the program are the Canadian Metals and Minerals Recycling Database, a listing of Canadian companies involved in metals and minerals recycling, and the Industry Framework, which offers a complete listing of all commodities recycled in Canada and information on the recycling of these commodities. Currently, NRCan is developing a recycling strategy to enhance recovery practices across Canada. This work targets the Institutional, Commercial and Industrial (IC&I) sectors of the economy and will contain discrete projects designed to enable the Federal Government to add value to national recycling efforts.

Relationship to FSDS Target

Efforts of the Recycling program under this Sub Activity promote recycling as an environmentally sound alternative to sending to landfills the often hazardous components found in electronic equipment. Thus, this work under Sub Activity - Minerals and Metals Markets, Innovation and Investment contributes indirectly to FSDS Target 2.3 - Chemicals Management.

Non-Financial Performance Expectations

Development of a recycling strategy to enhance recovery practices across Canada, specifically targeting the Institutional, Commercial and Industrial (IC&I) sectors of the economy.

The recycling strategy will be completed in FY 2011-2012.

Other FSDS Linkages

Sub Activity - Minerals and Metals Markets, Innovation and Investment also contributes to FSDS Target 1.1 - Climate Change Mitigation through the following implementation strategy:

This Sub Activity also contributes to FSDS Target 2.1 - Air Pollutants through one implementation strategy: