Five 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. […]

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 […]

From less bad to more good: the low-carbon city of the future

By |April 7th, 2016|

How can we bring optimism and engagement to bear in creating the low-carbon city of the future? John Robinson offered some insightful answers to these questions this week’s 2016 Eric Krause Memorial Lecture at the University of Toronto.

Professor Robinson recently came to Toronto from […]

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 […]

TEA shares 7 best practices for climate engagement

By |March 22nd, 2016|

Guest blog post by Dusha Sritharan, Campaigner, Toronto Environmental Alliance



Without public support, green policies aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. In recent years, a number of low carbon policies have been eroded because they’ve lacked strong public support. For example, the Transit City Plan was scrapped […]

ABCs of counting GHGs: Net zero buildings

By |March 16th, 2016|

When you’re in the business of carbon reduction, how do you come up with the data to account for the actual amount of emissions released into or reduced from the atmosphere?  TAF follows a complex greenhouse gas (GHG) quantification process every time we evaluate […]

Survey shows barriers to energy efficiency in Canada

By |January 18th, 2016|

Energy-use in Canada’s buildings sector has grown by 19 per cents since 1990, and currently accounts for about 120 million tonnes of CO2eq emissions annually.1 According to the latest Evaluation Report (June 2015) of the Office of Energy Efficiency, building sector energy consumption is expected […]

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 […]

New report steers the low-carbon obstacle course for cities

By |January 8th, 2016|

Amidst the climate information overload driven out of the Paris conference, a fantastic research report was released to guide the way for city climate action over the next five years. Prepared by C40 and global consulting firm Arup, the report Potential for Climate Action considers […]

Cap and trade an important signal – but needs stricter allowances

By |November 20th, 2015|

The release of Ontario’s Cap and Trade Design Options is sending a powerful signal about the government’s commitment to climate action. Last week, Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) consulted stakeholders on its proposed approach for carbon pricing in Ontario  including linking with Quebec and […]