The Clean Fuel Standard Explained
3/2019 - You’ve probably heard about the federal government’s commitments to work with the provinces and territories to take action on climate change. But have you heard about the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS)? The Clean Fuel Standard is expected to have the largest carbon impact of any policy under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
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.
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.
From Germany to Canada: There’s no way around the transport transformation
12/2017 - The auto industry faces the largest transformation of its history as the future of the internal combustion engine, private ownership of cars, and even driving itself as an expression of individuality are all in question. Car makers in Germany and Canada need to face these simultaneous challenges or risk losing out, guest blogger Christian Hochfeld writes.
TransformTO Steps: Tackling costly air pollution through investment in low-carbon actions
11/2017 - When it comes to sources of air pollution in Toronto, transportation is king, according to the most recent report from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. It's time to act and speed up the switch to low-carbon transportation. It's good for public health and for our climate.
“Microtransit” has potential to slash GHG emissions
12/2016 - What if you want to commute by GO train but the station is too far to walk from your home and the parking lot is always full? Chances are, you’ll ditch the train and take your car, cursing traffic along the way. Or, if your late shift ends at 2 a.m. when the local bus […]
Will road tolls reduce emissions in Toronto?
11/2016 - Yesterday, sparks flew as Mayor John Tory endorsed expressway tolls on the Gardiner and DVP, and the City Manager released a Long-Term Financial Direction Update on new funding sources to be considered by Council, including road tolls and a hotel tax. The report is expected to be considered by Executive Committee on December 1 and […]
Toronto’s push to reduce chemical pollution from local businesses
8/2016 - Guest blogger Zia Islam is a P. Eng at Toronto Public Health You may be familiar with stories about the big bad industrial companies releasing toxic chemicals into the air, but what about the mom and pop dry cleaner that cleans your shirts, or the auto body shop on your street that uses toxic paint? Some […]
Carbon reduction = good health
6/2016 - Just a year ago, the Toronto Board of Health approved a report that promoted an active role for Toronto Public Health in responding to climate change. Part of this mandate included developing an understanding of how measures Toronto might take to reduce its carbon footprint might support – or conflict – with improvements to public […]
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, […]