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News » Canada » Toronto moves closer to zero emissions » published 12 Jan 2018

Toronto moves closer to zero emissions

The City of Toronto has raised the performance standards for new development in line with a target of zero emissions by 2030.

305 Roehampton Avenue was one of the first projects to achieve the Toronto Green Standard Tier 2 requirements Above: 305 Roehampton Avenue was one of the first projects to achieve the Toronto Green Standard Tier 2 requirements

The updated Toronto Green Standard includes stepped performance targets in line with the council’s low-carbon goals established in TransformTO, Toronto's climate action strategy.

The Toronto Green Standard sets out the requirements for new development in Toronto to do its part to improve air and water quality, reduce energy use and waste, and enhance tree cover and wildlife habitat. The standards program, which was introduced in 2010, combines mandatory aspects with incentivized, voluntary targets.

"Toronto has always been a leader in protecting our environment and conserving energy, and we are already seeing TransformTO help ensure the long-term vibrancy and livability of our city with our raised Green Standard," said Mayor John Tory. "I look forward to supporting full funding for TransformTO when this year's budget comes up for a vote next month and look forward to the further progress we can make on addressing climate change."

"The Toronto Green Standard strives to create more comfortable, well-insulated buildings and homes that use less energy and cost less to operate," said Councillor David Shiner, who chairs the planning and growth management committee. "Toronto continues to raise the bar every four years with these standards, improving the quality of the built environment and the quality of life for our residents. By 2050, this updated Toronto Green Standard will have reduced greenhouse gas emissions to the equivalent of taking more than 250,000 cars off the road each year."

To date, more than 1,300 planning projects have been subject to the standards, resulting in the removal of more than 115,205 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, equivalent to taking almost 30,000 cars off the road.

The updated Toronto Green Standard comes into effect on 1 May 1 2018. The new standard supports Toronto's Zero Emissions Buildings Framework developed in partnership with The Atmospheric Fund and guided by local building industry stakeholders. The framework provides Toronto's approach to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, while ensuring their construction remains safe and durable.  

The City of Toronto is also targeting zero emissions for its own new facilities designed and built by 2026, starting with the Mount Dennis childcare centre, which will be designed to meet zero energy and emissions standards.

 

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This article was published on 12 Jan 2018 (last updated on 12 Jan 2018).

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