New TAF research reveals carbon impact of electricity conservation

By |August 24th, 2017|

Quantifying the emissions impact of electricity consumption - and conservation efforts - is crucial for planning climate actions, whether it's a government policy or upgrades and behaviour shifts at home. TAF's latest research greatly improves such quantifications.

ABCs of GHGs: Are we underestimating the impact of electricity conservation?

By |January 10th, 2017|

In order to decide which GHG reduction strategies to pursue, TAF looks at the quantity of reductions each approach has the potential to achieve. Central to these calculations are the emission factors – i.e. how much carbon is associated with each unit of energy […]

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5 facts about Ontario’s rising electricity rates

By |December 21st, 2016|

As we come upon the darkest time of the year, the cost of keeping the lights on continues to be a hot topic. With two rate hikes in the last six months, many people in Ontario are feeling the burn of rising electricity prices. […]

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Why is Ontario turning its back on renewables?

By |September 28th, 2016|

Yesterday the Ontario government cancelled future large-scale clean power projects, claiming that we have no “urgent need” to procure more electricity supply. What is clear is that projection of Ontario’s electricity generation needs is a difficult challenge, and over-projection of need has left Ontario […]

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How your driving habits affect vehicle emissions

By |May 30th, 2016|

Ian Morton is the CEO of Scout Environmental

Two drivers travel down the street in the same model car; and yet by the end of the road one driver has spent more money than the other. Why is that? If you’re getting strong flashbacks to […]

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Let’s get it right – Ontario’s energy reporting and benchmarking policy

By |April 1st, 2016|

The Ontario government is proving its commitment to large building energy reporting and benchmarking.  Following closely on the heels of the enabling legislation, the Ontario government has proposed draft regulations for its province-wide large building energy and water benchmarking and reporting (EWRB) policy.  TAF […]

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Ontario kick-starts climate action with $325M down payment

By |February 22nd, 2016|

Ontario’s Green Investment Fund is committing $325 million to projects that will reduce emissions, grow the economy and create jobs. In recent weeks, four major announcements have focussed on amping up investment in energy retrofits of homes and social housing, proliferating electric vehicles,  and sparking […]

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Getting down with heat pumps

By |February 3rd, 2016|

Ontario has a long way to go to reach its conservation goals and heat pumps may be a great opportunity to reduce emissions and save money on a massive scale. We’re exploring how heat pumps might tackle GHGs by targeting the low-hanging fruit. About […]

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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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Top 3 energy efficiency policies to reach federal climate targets

By |January 18th, 2016|

With the federal government promising to hold a first ministers conference 90 days after COP21 to develop a national climate strategy, it is now more imperative than ever to critically assess major sources of GHG emissions and opportunities for substantial emissions reductions. To better understand how the […]

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