By 2050, 100 percent of vehicles in Toronto will use low-carbon energy; 75 per cent of trips under 5 km will be walked or cycled.
TransformTO, Toronto’s new and ambitious climate action strategy, identifies how we’ll reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, improve our health, grow our economy, and improve social equity. In July 2017 City Council unanimously approved a set of long-term, low-carbon goals, and strategies to reach them.
Toronto’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, based on 1990 levels are:
- 30 per cent by 2020
- 65 per cent by 2030
- 80 per cent by 2050
To transition to a low-carbon Toronto by 2050, the design and delivery will maximizes public benefit and minimizes harm, by using the following guiding principles:
- Advance social equity;
- Improve affordability particularly for vulnerable populations;
- Protect low-income residents
- Contribute to poverty reduction
- Enhance and strengthen the local economy;
- Maintain and create good quality local jobs;
- Improve public health; and
- Create resilient communities and infrastructure
What will Toronto look like in the future?
- Homes and buildings: By 2030, all new buildings will be built to produce near-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By 2050, all existing buildings will have been retrofitted to improve energy performance by an average of 40 per cent. Homes and buildings generate about half of the greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto today.
- Energy: By 2050, 75 per cent of the energy we use will be renewable or low-carbon; 30 per cent of total floor space across Toronto will be connected to low-carbon heating and cooling energy.
- Transportation: By 2050, 100 per cent of vehicles in Toronto will use low-carbon energy; 75 per cent of trips under 5 km will be walked or cycled. Vehicles generate about one-third of the greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto today.
- Waste Diversion: By 2050, 95 per cent of waste will be diverted from landfills. Waste generates more than 10 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto.