TransformTO

GET READY FOR CHANGE

Canada, as part of a worldwide effort to tackle the global climate crisis, has committed to targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG). Canadian cities have important targets to reach. TransformTO is Toronto’s ambitious climate action strategy to reduce local GHG emissions, improve our health, grow our economy, improve social equity and encourage all Torontonians to help transform Toronto into a low-carbon city.

TORONTO'S GHG EMISSIONS ARE CAUSED BY:

  • 55% of GHG emissions come from homes and buildings, primarily from burning natural gas to hear indoor spaces and water
  • 36% of GHG emissions are generated by transportation, with 80% of that attributable to personal vehicles
  • 9% of GHG emissions are generated by waste with food waste being the primary source

Transform TO‘s strategy includes short and long-term actions to meet the City’s GHG reduction targets of 65% by 2030, and net zero by 2050, or sooner. Meeting these targets will require transformational changes in our behaviour: how we live, work, build, travel, and more.

TransformTO GOALS

TransformTO has set the following goals to achieve GHG reduction targets:

 

Homes and Buildings:

  • By 2030 all new buildings will be built to produce near-zero GHG emissions
  • By 2050 all existing buildings will have been retrofitted to achieve net zero emissions

Energy:

  • By 2050 100% of energy will come from renewable or low-carbon sources

Transportation:

  • By 2050 100% of vehicles in Toronto will use low-carbon energy; 75% of trips under 5km will be walked or cycled

Waste Diversion:

  • By 2050 we will have advanced towards a zero waste circular economy

 

TransformTO will achieve these goals not by regulations but by strategic funding grants, influencing City policies, engaging the public, seeking opportunities to mobilize private capital and expanding public/private partnerships.

10 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

At LPRO’s 2020 AGM the City presented 10 ways to reduce YOUR carbon footprint: 

  1. Get a home energy evaluation
  2. Seal air leaks around windows/doors in your home
  3. Add or upgrade insulation
  4. Install high efficiency heating and cooling systems
  5. Incorporate renewable energy & battery storage to your home
  6. Walks or cycle under 5km distance
  7. Travel by bus or train instead of flying
  8.  Choose an electric or hybrid vehicle
  9. Buy less and choose products with minimal packaging
  10. Repair, share, swap or donate

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FURTHER IMPROVEMENT

Other suggestions for reducing your carbon footprint:

  • Urge your elected representatives at all levels to enact strong regulations to reduce GHG
  • Go beyond the minimum standards for building insulation in new buildings and renovations set out in the Ontario Building Code
  • If you have gas-powered garden equipment, trade up to battery-powered alternatives. These are also commercially available so ask your gardener to do the same
  • Minimize or eliminate your use of off-road vehicles and small gas engines such as compressors and pumps. According to Environment Canada small gas engines are highly polluting

For more information on what you can do to transform your carbon footprint, including programs offered by the City of Toronto, go to: Let’s TransformTO Together

LET’S BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?