This week City Council unanimously approved Toronto’s long-term path to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. The TransformTO Pathway to a Low Carbon Future report recommends ambitious strategies and long-term goals to transform Toronto’s urban systems – specifically buildings, energy, transportation, and waste.

The report identifies 23 strategies and three acceleration campaigns to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to achieve key goals including:

  • all new buildings will be built to produce near zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030
  • 100 per cent of existing buildings will be retrofitted to achieve an average 40 per cent energy use performance improvement by 2050
  • 100 per cent of all transportation will use low-carbon energy sources by 2050, and
  • walking and cycling will account for 75 per cent of trips of less than five kilometres by 2050.

Transform TO is led by the City’s Environment and Energy Division and The Atmospheric Fund, a committee that I am proud to be part of. With the adoption of the report today, the City will begin to work with stakeholders to implement the recommended strategies. The strategies also seek to maximize job creation, improve air quality and enhance public health.

Unfortunately, Council voted not to support my amendment to fully fund the TransformTO plan. We will have to ensure that we keep up the pressure to fund the plan as we move into the 2018 budget cycle.

More information about the Pathway to a Low Carbon Future report and TransformTO is available at toronto.ca/transformto.