Ontario’s repeated failure to produce a natural gas conservation plan
9/2021 - The Ontario Energy Board delayed approving a new natural gas conservation plan, extended the old framework to 2022, and froze the budget without even adjusting for inflation. Real investment in gas conservation shrinks, even while diverse voices make a case for increasing investment in cost-effective conservation.
Toronto needs to speed up its electric vehicle infrastructure to meet targets, critics say
8/2021 - The city's aiming to install 10,000 public charging ports by 2030. A pilot project launched last year has seen the city install 17 on-street charging stations, but far more ambitious policies are needed to convince residents to buy in, said TAF's Ian Klesmer.
Investing for climate and the tough search for the right deals
8/2021 - We’re seeing a lot of deal flow in the impact investing space but finding quality deals that achieve the intended impact can be a challenge. Tracy Haynes, TAF’s Investor Partnerships Manager provides insights and experiences about how transparency, patience, and partnerships can unlock new opportunities.
WoodGreen breaks new ground on social housing with energy-saving project
8/2021 - WoodGreen commissioned Efficiency Capital to fund, develop, and implement a building retrofit plan, bringing in engineering firms SensorSuite Inc. and Finn Projects to do much-needed capital upgrades to the buildings. The project was funded by Efficiency Capital and The Atmospheric Fund, the City of Toronto’s Better Building Partnerships loans, and WoodGreen’s capital reserves.
Toronto just approved a host of climate-related policies. We asked experts how they stack up
8/2021 - “Toronto is such a significant part of Ontario, and of Canada, that if we fall behind on climate, it puts at risk provincial and national targets toward net zero (carbon). It also risks Toronto being left behind in the 21st-century economy,” says TAF VP Bryan Purcell.
WoodGreen wraps up starting phase of a first-of-its-kind retrofit project at eight of its buildings
7/2021 - The first phase of an ambitious and innovative 10-year, $3-million energy and water savings retrofit project was completed at eight of WoodGreen Community Housing’s buildings totalling 700 plus units. TAF invested in this project.
TAF congratulates the City of Toronto on passing two landmark low-carbon building policies
7/2021 - Toronto City Council approved the Toronto Green Standard Version 4 to regulate new building performance and the Net Zero Existing Building Strategy to accelerate building retrofits, putting the City on a solid path to a net zero future.