Toronto's reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions, from the 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 percent by 2050 (17,600,000 tonnes per year)
TAF assesses proposed activities according to their potential to provide significant contribution towards this aggressive reduction target.
For example, you could achieve a 1000 tonnes/year reduction by:
- Installing solar thermal pre-heating systems in 1600 homes using natural gas hot water heating.
- Converting 2 commercial buildings from fossil fuel to renewable energy.
- Switching 1200 residential hot water heaters from electric to natural gas.
- Installing high-efficiency windows in 2400 gas heated homes.
- Achieving a 15% reduction in energy consumption in 824 homes.
- Achieving a 15% reduction in energy consumption in 5 commercial buildings.
- Designing 495 new single family homes to exceed building standards by 25%.
- Designing 2 commercial buildings to harness energy from cogeneration or trigeneration systems instead of using grid electricity.
- Getting 800 commuters to switch from single-occupancy to double occupancy trips.
- Switching a fleet of 400 gasoline-powered vehicles to propane-powered.
Disclaimer: The figures for energy savings and GHG reductions are provided for reference purposes only. They are based on general assumptions and previous projects. The actual energy savings and GHG reductions for a project type could vary significantly depending on the project design.
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