Ontario environment plan needs a better bang for its buck
3/2019 - Let’s focus on a potential opportunity: how Ontario can accelerate private sector investment in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Specifically, the proposed Ontario Carbon Trust (OCT) can succeed if it uses public funds to mobilize private capital and deliver local climate solutions.
Cities can’t lead from behind: TAF reviews Ontario climate plan
12/2018 - Unfortunately, Ontario’s proposed climate plan, Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, could weaken cities’ potential to contribute to climate protection in three ways.
What’s in, what’s out? TAF reviews Ontario’s climate policy cancellations
10/2018 - Ontario is hitting the reset button on climate policy. With the old plan out and some high-profile cancellation announcements, there is some confusion about the current status of policies and their implications and opportunities. Here's our review of the policy landscape and opportunities to provide input.
Generation Energy report shows path to Canada’s low-carbon future
6/2018 - How should Canada transition to a low-carbon economy within a generation? 14 thought leaders from across Canada, including TAF CEO Julia Langer, authored the Generation Energy report to the federal government that maps out four critical pathways.
The U.S. is leaving the Paris Agreement, Canada’s not. Why follow on weakening car emissions standards?
5/2018 - Allowing our vehicle emission standards to roll back would harm our climate, our health, and our economy. In this op-ed originally published in The Hill Times, TAF CEO Julia Langer encourages Canada to stand its ground and continue to pave the way for clean transportation, despite U.S. policy decisions.
Best bang for our climate bucks: Looking beyond cost per tonne
1/2018 - Would anyone ditch all fruits and vegetables and switch to a carbs-only diet because it's the cheapest? Obviously not. Likewise, governments shouldn't solely focus on cost per tonne of emissions reduced when it comes to investing public dollars in climate action. A nuanced approach is what we need.
Money on the table: Why investors miss out on the energy efficiency market
12/2017 - 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.
TransformTO: Here’s the blueprint to reach Toronto’s climate target
5/2017 - 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 experts, has the answers. Read the TransformTO summary report: 2050 Pathway […]
TAF launches innovative climate solution: carbonate Toronto’s water
4/2017 - In an effort to reduce Toronto’s carbon emissions, TAF is launching an exciting new initiative. Starting on April 1, we will distribute water carbonation devices (like SodaStream) to each city household so they can turn Toronto’s water into a carbon sink. TAF has calculated that if each of Toronto’s 2.7 million residents use these devices, Toronto’s carbon emissions will […]
Why is Ontario turning its back on renewables?
9/2016 - 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 with a costly over-supply of electricity from inflexible, centralized generation facilities. […]