Money on the table: Why investors miss out on the energy efficiency market

By |December 31st, 2017|

Energy efficiency retrofits in Canada represent a multi-billion dollar market opportunity, yet investment levels remain low. TAF's latest report identifies three market failures that hamper investment and maps out how to overcome them based on international best practices.

Financing the 21st century: How to follow the money in a low-carbon economy

By |March 22nd, 2017|

In the lead up to the GLOBE Capital leadership summit, CEO Mike Gerbis reflects on the challenges and opportunities for investors in today’s low-carbon economy. For two decades Mike has advised Canadian corporations, institutions and government on how to create long-term value by addressing […]

Secret weapon against climate change: Cities

By |October 24th, 2016|

In celebration of TAF’s anniversary, guest blogger Philip Jessup reflects on 25 years of Toronto climate action. Philip co-chaired Toronto’s environmental committee that first recommended the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) to Council, served on its inaugural board, and was its staff director for nine […]

Toronto Community Housing retrofits help residents and the climate

By |October 2nd, 2015|

TAF’s new $4.2 million TowerWise Retrofit Project will finance and implement energy efficiency upgrades in seven Toronto Community Housing buildings across Metro Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke, and North York. In addition to expected greenhouse gas reductions of 30%, the project will be complimented by a slew of other benefits.

Smoothing the potholes and making strides with energy retrofits

By |June 30th, 2015|

What do Harbourfront Centre, six YMCA buildings, and an Etobicoke housing co-op have in common? Each of these Toronto buildings is shaving $25,000 a year off their energy bills– without the owners putting up any capital.

A Recent Toronto Star article  highlighted TAF’s innovative non-debt […]

Sharing TAF’s financing techniques with C40 Cities

By |December 11th, 2014|

I was recently invited to present to the C40 Finance & Economic Development Network to let them know about the finance innovation work being undertaken at TAF.

Energi develops first Canadian energy savings warranty

By |March 19th, 2014|

TAF is partnering with Energi, a leading provider of risk management and insurance programs for the energy industry, on an innovative new warranty for energy savings agreements. This enables TAF to conclude energy performance agreements to finance energy efficiency retrofits, for example with Robert Cooke Co-op.

Mirror, mirror on the wall…which are the most innovative energy efficiency financing strategies of them all?

By |December 17th, 2013|

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development  found carbon emissions could be reduced by 40% in six major building sectors with a payback period of just five years.  Tapping into this vast ROI opportunity requires capital, which requires financing strategies and products that offer […]