Climate & Energy Goals

Climate Change Action Plan

Recognizing that climate change is one of the most important issues of our time, City Council unanimously adopted Toronto's Climate Change Action Plan in 2007.
The plan set bold targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and outlined actions that would see the City and its residents, businesses and communities reduce emissions, clean the air and create a sustainable energy future.

Download the 31 page Climate Change Action Plan in PDF format. Full document

Toronto's Targets

Toronto's greenhouse gas reduction targets, based on 1990 levels of approximately 22 million tonnes per year, city-wide, are:
  • 6 percent by 2012 (1,320,000 tonnes per year)
  • 30 percent by 2020 (6,600,000 tonnes per year)
  • 80 per cent by 2050 (17,600,000 tonnes per year)

Source: Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollutants Inventory

The plan, crafted with substantial public and stakeholder input, outlines actions to green the City's own internal operations as well as actions to engage residents, community groups, businesses and other stakeholders, including:
  • a Live Green Toronto program to engage Toronto residents, community groups and businesses in taking action to reduce their energy use and emissions
  • a framework to renew Toronto's concrete high-rise residential buildings
  • a pilot program for residential solar hot water heating
  • a one-stop website that provides easy access to information on federal, provincial, municipal, private sector and community programs related to energy and the environment
  • a plan to promote local food production and increase community gardens community energy planning
  • the development of a strategy to adapt to climate change
  • a plan to shift taxis and limousines to low emission or hybrid technology


$42 million was allotted to energy conservation measures, $20 million for renewable energy projects and $22 million for retrofitting City facilities.

Download the 31 page Climate Change Action Plan in PDF format. Full document

Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

In 2015, the City of Toronto's Parks and Environment Committee established a subcommittee on climate change mitigation and adaptation and invited the public to provide input into its terms of reference. Learn more about the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.