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Improving the ecological aspect of houses and other buildings in Toronto is a key component of climate change in the city.

The City has declared a climate change emergency, a measure already taken by other cities such as Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Sydney, New York, London, Los Angeles and Paris.

“The threat of climate change is an important problem facing our city … The declaration approved by the Council establishes what I think are new ambitious but realistic goals to help focus our efforts when it comes to reducing gas emissions. Toronto’s greenhouse effect as quickly as possible, “said Mayor John Tory.

The City says its goal is to reach a net of zero emissions by 2050 or earlier, if possible.

The city’s climate change action plan, TransformTO, states that, in order to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change and meet the objectives of reducing greenhouse gases, several objectives must be met, including:

  • By 2030, all new buildings will be built to produce near-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • By 2050, all existing buildings will have been modernized to improve energy efficiency by an average of 40%.

There are also key objectives to reduce energy use, greener transportation and better waste management.
The council says it will expand energy refurbishment loans for buildings.

This week, the city launched an online survey and will begin public meetings designed to collect comments that will inform the next TransformTO Implementation Plan that will run between 2021 and 2023.

Mayor Tory will be in Copenhagen from October 9 to 11 to participate in the C40 Mayors World Summit to engage with other world mayors and business leaders to support sustainable action on climate change.

“A bold action is needed now. As we reduce emissions, we will also create a city that is healthier, more prosperous and more resilient for the benefit of Toronto residents and businesses,” said Councilman James Pasternak, president of the City Infrastructure and Environment Committee.