The City of Toronto is inviting residents to share their ideas on climate actions and priorities to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Toronto to net zero by 2050, or sooner. Input from residents will help inform the City’s TransformTO Net Zero strategy, which will be presented to Council later this year.
In 2019, Council declared a climate emergency, committed to accelerate Toronto’s climate action, and adopted a stronger emissions reduction target for Toronto: net zero by 2050 or sooner. The main sources of GHG emissions in Toronto are homes and buildings, transportation and waste.
Starting today to Monday, July 26, residents can provide their input on proposed climate actions and priorities by:
Residents are encouraged to watch a short video that explains Toronto’s net zero target and proposed climate actions before providing their input. The video, online survey and resources to support community discussions are available at: http://www.toronto.ca/transformto.
In 2018, GHG emissions in Toronto were 37 per cent lower than they were in 1990. Toronto residents, business and government must work together to cut emissions in half in the next 10 years to meet the City’s 2030 GHG reduction target and stay on track to reach net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.
“To keep our city on the path to net zero, we must move quickly and decisively to reduce emissions and the impacts of climate change on our health, our economy and our infrastructure. I encourage residents to get involved and share their views for climate action in Toronto.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Climate change poses a serious threat to our city and we know that some communities are impacted more significantly than others. The sooner we act to reduce our emissions, the better. Resident feedback helps us to develop an inclusive plan that ensures nobody is left behind.”
– Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough – Rouge Park) and Chair of Infrastructure and Environment Committee
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