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November 2, 2009
City Executive adopts “The Power to Live Green”, a sustainable energy strategy aimed at reducing Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050
  
Today, Executive Committee unanimously adopted a bold, new sustainable energy strategy titled “The Power to Live Green”. The strategy features a series of guiding recommendations aimed at reducing Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions to levels set by Council in 2007: six per cent below 1990 levels by 2012, 30 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.

The strategy envisions Toronto as a low carbon city by 2050 with a clean, reliable and affordable energy supply. If trends in energy demand continue, greenhouse gas emissions are predicted to rise to approximately 33 megatonnes in 2050 (compared to 22 megatonnes in 1990), which is equivalent to filling 10,000 Rogers Centres.

“I believe that Torontonians are ready and prepared to embrace an energy strategy that meets our needs not just for today but well into the future,” said Toronto Mayor David Miller. “Over the years, we’ve made significant gains in our battle against climate change. In order to continue on this path, it is imperative that we work together - residents, businesses and all orders of government - to build a healthy, sustainable, prosperous and vibrant community.”

The “Power to Live Green”, which was prepared with substantial public and stakeholder input, addresses Toronto’s sustainable energy challenge through three core principles:

• Achieving greater energy efficiency in new and existing buildings across the city through the development of the new Live Green Toronto Energy and Water Efficiency Initiative. This partnership, involving the City and Toronto Hydro, as well as other utility companies and stakeholders, will provide “one-stop” support related to energy and water audits, installation or upgrades; renewable opportunities; and financing arrangements.

• Maximizing renewable energy generation opportunities by assisting the community to leverage the Green Energy and Green Economy Act’s new feed-in tariff to generate wind, solar and geothermal energy, and by encouraging the province to amend relevant codes and standards that hinder the generation of renewables.

• Smartly distributing energy for heating and cooling by providing support for district energy infrastructure, and creating a smart grid that will more effectively manage energy use and waste, and empower customers with information, options and control to manage their own electricity use.

"The Power to Live Green" is the next phase of the City's Climate Change Action Plan, which was adopted by Council in July 2007 (http://www.toronto.ca/changeisintheair/index.htm). The Climate Change Action Plan led to progressive, low-carbon policies and programs such as Live Green Toronto, Mayor's Tower Renewal, Home Energy Assistance Toronto and Sustainable Energy Funds, among several others.

The 11 recommendations in “The Power to Live Green” build on this foundation by making it possible for residents and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, and by providing leadership, innovative financing, and ongoing evaluation and development of new and revised actions, through collaboration with numerous stakeholders.

“The Power to Live Green” will go to City Council for consideration at their next meeting, November 30-December 1.

The view the complete strategy document, visit: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2009/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-24947.pdf.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Media contact: Lawson Oates, Director, Toronto Environment Office, 416-392-9744, loates@toronto.ca

Backgrounder

November 2, 2009

“The Power to Live Green”: sustainable energy strategy designed to empower Torontonians to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Today, Executive Council unanimously adopted “The Power to Live Green”, phase II of the City’s aggressive Climate Change Action Plan, designed to reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050:

1. ADOPTING CONSERVATION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGETS
The City will track and meet Council’s previously adopted greenhouse gas emission reduction targets by adopting short, mid and long-term energy goals to achieve the following by 2050: 1000 megawatts of electricity conservation (to offset Toronto’s projected electricity load); 1000 megawatts of renewable electricity generation through small scale solar photovoltaics, wind energy and biogas; and, 1.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas reduction through conservation and thermal renewable energy generation.

2. MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO LIVE GREEN
Through formation of an active partnership, to be called the Live Green Toronto Energy and Water Efficiency Initiative, the City will continue its effort to place conservation first by bringing together the City and local utilities to proactively, seamlessly and more completely help retrofit all market sectors (focusing first on the residential environment) with assistance and advice on energy and water audits, installation and upgrades by certified contractors, renewable opportunities, and financing arrangements (including grants and loans paid through energy savings).

3. RETROFITTING THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
The City will encourage, monitor, and, where necessary and feasible, mandate aspects of building retrofits based on triggering thresholds and title transfer transactions, as well as intensify efforts around the Toronto Green Standard, a requirement that new construction achieve greater energy efficiency than the current Ontario Building Code.

4. GREENING THE GRID TO BECOME CANADA’S RENEWABLE CAPITAL
The City will aggressively “green the grid” by embracing new renewable energy opportunities under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act and related feed-in tariff, by assisting the community with undertaking such opportunities, and by encouraging the province to amend relevant codes and standards.

5. INVESTING IN DISTRIBUTED ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE
The City will consider comprehensive installation of community/district energy infrastructure in existing and new neighbourhoods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance energy security, and will establish a working group to assess heating and cooling sources for such systems based on existing efforts and best available technologies.

6. SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SMART GRID
The City will monitor the continuing provincial and federal development of smart grid technologies and consider procurement and other support for such technological innovation.

7. FOSTERING GREEN JOBS AND THE GREEN ECONOMY
The City will promote and support local green job training and the growth of a local, green energy materials manufacturing base for many of these recommendations.

8. SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION AND USE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES
The City will complete analysis of vehicle and other mobile source emissions to generate the next wave of sustainable transportation measures while simultaneously supporting deployment of infrastructure for electronic vehicles that relies, as much as possible, on conservation and renewable measures to reduce additional grid load.

9. CREATING INNOVATIVE FINANCING
The City will work with key stakeholders to explore all viable funding options, including energy revenue bond financing, as well as funding opportunities from and through provincial and federal sources.

10. ADVOCATING FOR ACTION PROVINCIALLY, NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
The City will advocate and take a step further the province and federal government standards in the areas of energy security, building codes, appliance (including HVAC) efficiency standards and rate socialization, and will intervene, as needed, to support City objectives at the Ontario Energy Board.

11. MONITORING AND REPORTING REGULARLY ON PROGRESS
The City will prepare an annual report that integrates reporting on implementation of the Climate Change Action Plan, the Sustainable Energy Strategy and related initiatives, identifies the outcomes of these initiatives, and makes recommendations for new or amended actions required to achieve the targets established in the Climate Change Action Plan and the Sustainable Energy Strategy.

To view “The Power to Live Green” and its complete recommendations, visit http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2009/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-24947.pdf

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Lawson Oates, Director, Toronto Environment Office, 416-392-9744, loates@toronto.ca








 

 

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