Community energy planning is a key component of TransformTO, Toronto’s climate action plan to reduce emissions from buildings and help the City to reach its net zero by 2040 target. Buildings currently generate about half of the GHG emissions in Toronto.
Community Energy Planning (CEP) is a process that considers energy early in the land-use and infrastructure planning process, and identifies opportunities to integrate local energy solutions at a building or neighbourhood-scale.
With the overall goal of reducing energy use and increasing the use of renewable-low carbon energy sources at a building and/or neighbourhood scale, examples of community energy planning include the extensive greening of homes and buildings, and the development and use of District Energy Systems.
In addition to alleviating some of the challenges posed by Toronto’s rapid population growth, the energy, environmental and economic benefits of community energy planning include:
Community Energy Plans prepared for neighbourhoods focus on improving existing buildings and integrating renewable energy. Plans created as part of Secondary Plans, Precinct Plans or Avenue Studies led by City Planning, focus on areas of significant development and growth such as:
Backup Power Guidelines: These guidelines for building developers, owners and managers, support the design / retrofit of buildings that are more resilient to power outages.
Energy Strategy Terms of Reference for New Development: Developers are required to submit an Energy Strategy Report as part of a complete application for new development.