About ecoGAC

Who we are

EcoGAC is a passionate, corporate team at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) that provides leadership towards low-carbon and environmentally sustainable domestic operations in the National Capital Region.

What We Do

  • Implement, promote, and advance the Greening Government Strategy, the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and the Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy
  • Initiate policy changes
  • Design and implement projects and programs that advance sustainable development in GAC operations and assets
  • Manage the Innovative Solutions Canada Program on behalf of GAC
  • Collaborate with internal and external partners
  • Engage and empower domestic employees to adopt sustainable work practices
  • Use behavioural science to further strengthen adoption of sustainable practices at work

Operational Frameworks

Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

Supports Canada’s efforts to advance the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

With the 17 SDGs as its frame, the strategy highlights federal government actions over the next four years to support their achievement

For the complete strategy:
Federal Sustainable Development Strategy

Greening Government Strategy

A set of government-approved commitments that apply to all core government departments and agencies, including:

  • achieving net-zero emissions by 2050;
  • strengthening climate-resilient services and operations;
  • supporting biodiversity;
  • reducing waste;
  • aligning procurement of goods and services with net zero ambitions and the circular economy; and
  • reducing emissions associated with employee commuting and business travel.
  • For the complete strategy: Greening Government Strategy

Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy

A set of departmental commitments to which ecoGAC contributes, including:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal government facilities and fleets by 40% below 2005 levels by 2030 (with an aspiration to achieve this target by 2025) and 80% below 2005 levels by 2050 (with an aspiration to be carbon neutral);
  • Divert at least 75% (by weight) of non-hazardous operation waste from landfills by 2030;
  • Divert at least 75% (by weight) of plastic waste from landfills by 2030; and
  • Our administrative fleet will be compromised of at least 80% zero-emission vehicles by 2030.
  • For the complete strategy: Departmental Sustainable Development Strategy