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.

Toronto’s push to reduce chemical pollution from local businesses

By |August 25th, 2016|

Guest blogger Zia Islam is a P. Eng at Toronto Public Health

You may be familiar with stories about the big bad industrial companies releasing toxic chemicals into the air, but what about the mom and pop dry cleaner that cleans your shirts, or the auto […]

Four climate challenges for Alberta’s new government

By |July 30th, 2015|

Wasting no time following Premier Notley’s commitment to craft a climate action plan, the Pembina Institute convened about one hundred thought-leaders from around the country in Calgary this week. I was honoured to be invited to the roundtable to share insights we’ve gained reducing emissions in the City of Toronto.

Launching Efficiency Capital Corp.

By |April 30th, 2015|

TAF launches a new energy efficiency finance company, Efficiency Capital Corp.

Climate Week: Financing the climate revolution

By |September 25th, 2014|

More than 100 events are taking place September 22 to 28 in New York City for Climate Week. Despite the number of panel discussions, workshops and meetings, there isn’t much in the line-up that speaks to the role of the market place in transitioning […]

Can Toronto’s buildings be carbon-neutral?

By |August 22nd, 2014|

Earlier this month, the International Union of Architects (UIA) issued a stunning announcement. Member organizations of the UIA – representing more than 1.3 million architects in 124 countries around the world – unanimously adopted the “2050 Imperative,” a declaration to eliminate CO2 emissions in […]

The art of the retrofit

By |August 6th, 2014|

The quandary of making buildings more energy efficient without forfeiting comfort and air quality is one that, as an engineer at TAF, I am preoccupied with. Sure I want to reduce leakage in the building envelope. But I also understand the need for fresh […]

Participating in the Natural Gas Demand-Side Management Guidelines

By |August 1st, 2014|

Otto von Bismark famously said that “Law and sausage are two things you do not want to see being made,” and you would be forgiven if you believed this observation could be applied to the upcoming consultations on the revisions to the Natural Gas Demand-Side […]

Good transit systems are key to sustainability

By |June 30th, 2014|

In the immediate aftermath of the provincial election, Move the GTHA wrote an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne. As a group, we wanted to extend our congratulations to the Premier for her party’s victory and for the support that victory represents for the […]

Carbon tax – the great divide

By |June 11th, 2014|

One day. One newspaper. Two very different views on the value of carbon pricing.

In yesterday’s Toronto Star, Prime Minister Stephen Harper voiced his support for Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbot’s view that a carbon tax is bad for the economy. The Australian PM is […]