Toronto announces $35 million clean air plan|
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Mayor Miller targets 2010 greenhouse gas levels at 60% below 1990
Toronto Mayor David Miller today announced a new $35 million initiative today
to reduce emissions that cause global warming and smog. Speaking at the
international Conference of the Reducers hosted by the City and organized by
The Climate Group in the U.K., the Mayor called for substantial new investment
in energy efficiency and innovative green power-generation in City-owned
facilities and operations.
"Toronto must be a leader in the worldwide challenge to deal with global
warming. By 2010, our goal is for city-owned operations to have reduced their
greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent from 1990 levels. Not only will this
investment help Toronto get its own house in order, it will also challenge
other public institutions and corporations to reduce their energy use," Mayor
The $35 million will be used for a variety of initiatives, three of which the
Mayor announced to kick off the City's plan under the new investment fund:
· A $6.4-million appliance renewal plan for Toronto Community Housing
Corporation, to replace old appliances with new cost-saving, energy efficient
ones. This will cut electricity use by refrigerators by as much as 50% in many
social-housing units. The first phase of clothes washer installations was
completed in the fall, and next phase will build on this early success. The
$6.4 million includes $1.05 million each from FCM and TAF. Additional external
funding is being explored to try to double the scope of this project.
· A multi-year plan to install advanced energy-reducing light emitting diode
(LED) lamps in the City's 2,000 traffic signal intersections, with the first $1
million phase ready to outfit 250 intersections this year. LED's slash
electricity use in traffic signals by 84%.
· A $4.2 million plan to install energy efficiency measures at civic centres
and corporate facilities. Measures include efficient lighting, new boilers,
motor replacements, and operator training. The project will save $525,000
annually, and reduce CO2 emissions from coal fired generation by 5,500 tonnes
In addition to reducing local air pollution from coal-fired electricity plants,
the projects will reduce the City's budget costs by cutting electric bills,
improving public safety at traffic intersections, enhancing air quality and
public health, and making social housing more comfortable for tenants.
Toronto's city-owned operations have already cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
by 42%, from 1990 through energy efficiency programmes, helping Toronto achieve
a 2% citywide decrease between 1990 and 1998. The Kyoto Protocol calls for a 6%
reduction from 1990 levels.
Additional reductions can be achieved, for example, by reaching Toronto's
Council's 60% waste diversion target by 2006, thereby reducing methane, which
is a greenhouse gas.
"As Toronto is demonstrating, city governments are capable of emission
reductions that go well beyond the Kyoto target," said Steve Howard, Executive
Director of The Climate Group, which organized the international meeting held
in Toronto this week.
Patchen Barss (Mayor's Office) 416-338-7134
Lucille Hodgins, (FCM/Green Municipal Funds) 613-241-5221 xt 299
Phil Jessup, (Toronto Atmospheric Fund) 416-392-0253
Laurie Stephens (Toronto Community Housing) 416-981-4349