Environment & Energy

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Climate & Energy Goals

The City of Toronto has a long history of leadership on environmental and urban energy issues. In recent years, City Council has adopted a number of visionary long-term strategies to guide Toronto in becoming the most sustainable city in North America. 

Have your say on climate change

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TransformTO: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto

Recognizing that climate change is one of the most important issues of our time, the City of Toronto has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. The TransformTO project is the plan that will help us get there. Learn more about TransformTO and how you can get involved. 

City Council unanimously endorsed Toronto's groundbreaking Climate Change Action Plan in 2007. 

In implementing more than 100 of the plan's recommendations, the City is working towards its ambitious targets for reducing harmful emissions to the environment, in particular greenhouse gases and smog-causing emissions.  

In addition to energy conservation and demand management, increasing the generation of more renewable energy will be key to ensuring that Toronto has a clean, reliable and affordable energy supply that will support our environmental, economic, social and consumer needs today and into the future.

Learn more about Toronto's sustainable energy strategy, the Power to Live Green.

As the price of electricity escalates and demand continues to increase, the Power to Live Green outlines a number of initiatives to achieve the City's energy conservation, security and demand management goals and targets. These initiatives are also designed to generate financial and economic benefits for the City and its residents and businesses.  

 

Featured Programs

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Live Green Toronto

Live Green Toronto is a program that supports residents, businesses and community groups in taking action to green our city. Live Green Toronto offers grants, expertise, incentive programs, resources and more through a one-stop website at livegreentoronto.ca. 

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Better Buildings Partnership

The City's Better Buildings Partnership provides expertise, resources and financial assistance to maximize the outcomes of a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for building owners, managers and builders.

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Smart Commute

Smart Commute helps employers and property owners reduce their costs and carbon footprints by providing programs that help their employees commute to work in sustainable ways. 

Carbon Credit Policy

The City of Toronto generates carbon offset credits through a variety of measures such as energy efficiency retrofits of City-owned buildings, collecting methane at three City landfills, and other projects such as solar photovoltaic installations, deep lake water cooling and major tree plantings.

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Electric Vehicles

Learn about all of the activities underway to promote electric vehicles in Toronto.

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District Energy

District energy systems help us benefit from economies of scale and higher efficiency than individual in-building heating and cooling systems. It also provides increased energy security and environmental benefits.