Picture2050: Today’s photos can show us our future city

By |January 5th, 2018|

To create something, you must first be able to picture it. Such visions often sprout from a seed that already exists; something you would like to see grow and expand to reach its potential. This is very much the idea behind the current #Picture2050 photo contest that's inspired by the TransformTO climate plan for Toronto.

TransformTO: Here’s the blueprint to reach Toronto’s climate target

By |May 2nd, 2017|

Toronto shares an ambitious climate target with other world cities like London and Washington, D.C. – reduce emissions by 80% by 2050. But how do we get there? After more than two years, the TransformTO team – consisting of TAF, City staff, and independent […]

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 […]

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 […]

Solar EV station proves the power of local climate action at York U

By |December 2nd, 2015|

Guest blog post by Jose Etcheverry, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

 

 

As world leaders meet in Paris to negotiate solutions to climate change, what are communities doing on the ground to find practical local solutions to a global problem?

Fossil-fueled transportation is […]

Trudeau’s climate platform: 6 promises we’re watching

By |October 22nd, 2015|

For the 27 million Canadians living in cities, it’s notable that the new Liberal government has made some important commitments to urban sustainability. The Party’s on-line election platform has an overwhelming raft of content, So we’ve put together a summary of the key elements that focus on climate change, cities, and the low-carbon economy. We hope this record of the tangible commitments made during the election can act as a reference point for measuring this government’s progress over time.

TAF’s flexible financing helps build a company and earns a bonus

By |October 14th, 2014|

Ontario’s Green Energy Act (2009) and Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) got many people excited about installing solar panels on their homes and earning revenues from the electricity generated. But reality set in and many homeowners were daunted by the complicated and time-consuming application process, securing financing, […]

After shutting down coal, what’s next?

By |March 13th, 2014|

On a recent snowy evening, we attended a large gathering that included Premier Kathleen Wynne to say “goodbye” to Ontario’s coal-fired energy generation plants. After a 17-year slog led by Jack Gibbons and the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA), the last of the coal […]

No new nukes: biggest impediment to Ontario electricity conservation off the table

By |October 21st, 2013|

The Ontario government’s recent announcement that new nuclear reactors will not be part of Ontario’s long-term electricity plan is good news for health, the environment, and the economy. We don’t need to spend over $26 billion (plus inevitable cost over-runs) when electricity demand decreased […]