Jobs, transportation, housing, and manufacturing have impacts that span city boundaries. Cities all over the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) face similar challenges and climate action can create multiple benefits for our communities. Through our research, we found that a regional emissions inventory is necessary to identify interconnected carbon reduction strategies for Canada’s largest metropolis: the GTHA. While individual municipalities have reported inventories in the past, they differ in methodology, data sources, and timing, making it difficult to draw conclusions or prioritize policies.
That’s why TAF undertook this research and completed the first comprehensive inventory for the GTHA, for the year 2015, using consistent data sources and methodologies. Results are presented for the region as a whole and for each of the single-tier and regional municipalities. By enabling a holistic view, new strategies that work across municipal jurisdictions can be identified, tracked, and advanced. Despite local differences, we found many commonalities across the region in both the major sources of emissions and the key challenges to deep reductions. Our findings highlight the need for and value of regional collaboration and dialogue as we transition to a low-carbon GTHA. Check out our full report.