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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
Mandatory energy benchmarking for buildings is a key policy for reducing GHG emissions. Toronto is seeking stakeholder input on a benchmarking bylaw.
On December 22, 2014, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) quietly issued a new regulatory framework to govern natural gas