How does your city measure up? The first regional emissions inventory is out in the GTHA
9/2018 - Cities bear the brunt of climate change impacts, where climate action can create multiple benefits for our communities. But regional emissions are not decreasing on the scale needed to meet provincial or municipal climate targets. That's why TAF developed the first region-wide emissions inventory for the GTHA. See the full report.
TransformTO Steps: Toronto moves towards Zero Emissions Buildings
10/2017 - As Toronto continues to grow quickly, we need to get emissions from new construction under control if we want to reach our 2050 climate target. That’s Council approval for the Toronto Green Standard 3.0 for new buildings is such an important step.
Left in the dark: Ontario municipalities need energy data for meaningful climate action
8/2017 - 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.
3 reasons Toronto’s new waste plan is leading edge
8/2016 - Toronto’s garbage is about to get greener. Our city’s waste currently generates 2.27 million tonnes of CO2eq GHG emissions annually. In order to achieve Toronto’s city-wide GHG targets, we’ll need to significantly reduce emissions from the waste system. Unfortunately, after many years of steady improvement, progress on increasing waste diversion and reducing emissions has stalled […]
Will Uber debate compromise Toronto’s environmental standards?
4/2016 - While hundreds of speakers line up at City Hall to add their voices to the Uber-taxi debate, the issue of Toronto environmental policy is in the cross-hairs. Air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation are a major concern for Toronto. While all other sources of air pollution and GHG emissions are trending downwards, […]
Energy Benchmarking & Reporting: TAF presents to Ontario Standing Committee
2/2016 - TAF has supported energy benchmarking as a best practice in the real estate industry for about 10 years. As part of the Building Value project, TAF conducted extensive research and consultation to explore the potential benefits of a municipal or province-wide benchmarking policy. TAF's Director of Policy & Programs Bryan Purcell testified in front of the Ontario Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on General Government in favour of this policy tool.
New GHG report shows bold action is needed to meet Toronto’s targets
1/2016 - 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 remarkable accomplishment reflects the combined efforts of the City, the Province, […]
Energy reporting beyond Toronto: Ontario announcement changes the game
10/2015 - It’s even better than we could have hoped. After two years of working with the City and key stakeholders to develop and secure city council support for an Energy Reporting and Benchmarking (ERB) by-law, Ontario just announced energy efficiency amendments to the Green Energy Act (GEA) intended to extend this important policy across the whole province. Potential impacts in […]