Bryan Purcell

About Bryan Purcell

Bryan Purcell is TAF’s Director of Policy and Programs.

TransformTO Steps: Toronto moves towards Zero Emissions Buildings

By |October 10th, 2017|

As Toronto continues to grow quickly, we need to get emissions from new construction under control if we want to reach our 2050 climate target. That’s Council approval for the Toronto Green Standard 3.0 for new buildings is such an important step.

Left in the dark: Ontario municipalities need energy data for meaningful climate action

By |August 14th, 2017|

A proper carbon emissions inventory is a crucial starting point for city-level climate action. But unfortunately, many cities in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), don't have gas and electricity consumption data - but utilities do. That's why TAF asked the Ontario government to make this data public.

3 reasons Toronto’s new waste plan is leading edge

By |August 9th, 2016|

Toronto’s garbage is about to get greener. Our city’s waste currently generates 2.27 million tonnes of CO2eq GHG emissions annually.  In order to achieve Toronto’s city-wide GHG targets, we’ll need to significantly reduce emissions from the waste system. Unfortunately, after many years of steady […]

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Will Uber debate compromise Toronto’s environmental standards?

By |April 15th, 2016|

While hundreds of speakers line up at City Hall to add their voices to the Uber-taxi debate, the issue of Toronto environmental policy is in the cross-hairs.

Air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation are a major concern for Toronto. While all other […]

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New GHG report shows bold action is needed to meet Toronto’s targets

By |January 27th, 2016|

Toronto has made tremendous progress in reducing climate damaging greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The GHG Inventory released last week by the City of Toronto showed emissions in 2013 were 24% below the 1990 baseline, a fact which should be celebrated by all Torontonians. This […]

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Energy reporting beyond Toronto: Ontario announcement changes the game

By |October 30th, 2015|

It’s even better than we could have hoped. After two years of working with the City and key stakeholders to develop and secure city council support for an Energy Reporting and Benchmarking (ERB) by-law, Ontario just announced energy efficiency amendments to the Green Energy Act (GEA) intended to […]

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Closing the loop – local geothermal heat pump performance

By |August 18th, 2015|

Homes and businesses in the Greater Toronto Area are experiencing deep energy savings by harvesting ground heat with geothermal heat pump (AKA geoexchange) systems. With energy savings of 30-70% and 20-95% for space heating and cooling respectively, it is no wonder this emerging technology is experiencing increased interest across Canada.

Coming to large buildings near you: landmark energy reporting policy

By |July 7th, 2015|

City Council has just committed to implementing an Energy Reporting and Benchmarking policy for large buildings, a long-awaited victory for one of TAF’s key policy initiatives. Energy reporting and benchmarking is high on the list of strategies to reduce urban emissions, as 37% of […]

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Pumping energy savings – global heat pump performance review

By |June 9th, 2015|

Heating homes and buildings account for over one third of Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from natural gas-burning furnaces and boilers. Achieving Toronto’s 2050 climate targets will require transitioning from natural gas to cleaner technologies, which has motivated TAF to explore the performance of heat pumps.

Indoor environmental quality: the next frontier in building monitoring

By |March 19th, 2015|

How TAF is leading a important study of indoor environmental quality in Toronto's apartment buildings.