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Sustainability

Toronto is a city that cares about sustainability and is committed to becoming an energy efficient city of tomorrow. It has developed a dynamic sustainability strategy that integrates and balances the competing expectations of the present generation without compromising the future.

Intent on achieving results, Toronto has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% since 1990 with a total reduction goal of 80% by 2050. In 2007 alone, the City reduced its city-wide carbon emission by over 1,000,000 tonnes.

Source By 2012 By 2020 By 2050
Source: Power to live Green (2009)
Conservation of Electricity Reduced by 200MW Reduce by 550 MW Reduce by 1050 MW
Conservation - Natural Gas Heat Reduced by 240 Mm3 Reduce by 730 Mm3 Reduce by 1560 Mm3
Renewable Electricity Generation Increase by 120 MW Increase by 550 MW Increase by 1000 MW
Renewable Thermal Energy Displace 20 Mm3 of Natural Gas Displace Mm3 of Natural Gas Displace 200 Mm3 of Natural Gas

Green Toronto - Making Toronto a Sustainable City

Toronto has developed a dynamic sustainability strategy that integrates and balances the competing expectations of the present generation without compromising the future. Toronto is committed to becoming the energy efficient city of tomorrow. To learn more about Toronto green strategy download a copy of "Power to Live Green".

As part of the C40 initiative, www.c40cities.org Toronto is working with other cities and the Clinton Climate Initiative to solve sustainability and climate issues. The C40 includes cities from around the world that recognize the need to reduce green house gas emissions and have pledged to work together to reach this goal. To learn more about Toronto green strategy, download a copy of "Power to Live Green".

Toronto's goal to achieve a clean, reliable and affordable energy supply is being met through various innovative initiatives including:

  • The Deep Lake Water Cooling System, EnWave, which is the largest of its kind in the world and which currently cools many major downtown office towers, institutions and hospitals, including City Hall and large business towers. This revolutionary system reduces the energy needed to cool these buildings by 90%.
  • North America's first urban wind turbine, the largest solar installation in Canada and the country's first municipally owned trigeneration hydrogen system are located at Exhibition Place.  These 3 energy production facilities all help supply energy needs at Exhibition Place.
  • Toronto's Green Roof initiative provides economic benefits to the City particularly in the areas of storm water management and the reduction of heat produced in dense metropolitan areas. To learn more about Toronto's Green Roof initiative, see http://www.toronto.ca/greenroofs/index.htm.
  • The Tower Renewal Project combines green technology with neighbourhood revitalization in order to make 1,000 of the City's aging towers more energy efficient. This is an important energy conservation initiative as Toronto has the second highest concentration of towers in North America.

As cities around the world work to define urban energy systems to meet growing demand, Toronto is leading the way with innovative solutions.

Additional Resources

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Future City Toronto
This video was shown at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Toronto’s then-mayor David Miller attended to represent Toronto and was the Chair of the C40 at the Climate Summit for Mayors. Toronto continues to champion the leadership of cities in fighting climate change. Find out what you can do at www.livegreentoronto.ca.