TransformTO is Toronto’s ambitious climate action strategy. TransformTO will reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, and improve our health, grow our economy, and improve social equity. Everyone will have a part to play in transforming Toronto into a low-carbon city.
The City is currently developing a Net Zero Strategy in response to City Council’s Climate Emergency declaration. The Net Zero Strategy will build on the initial TransformTO plan, and the results of the 2019 TransformTO consultations on next steps, and will be aligned with the recommendations from the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild. City Council will receive an update on TransformTO Net Zero in 2021.
Ongoing public engagement and feedback is crucial to achieving Toronto’s ambitious emission reduction targets. The City has engaged the public and stakeholders on the Net Zero Strategy, leveraging past consultation findings and new technical analysis.
According to the latest inventory release (2018), overall emissions have been reduced 37 per cent from 1990 levels, while Toronto’s population and economy continued to grow.
Community-Wide Emissions Reduced 44 per cent from 1990 Levels
The City’s 2017 inventory on community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – which measures the emissions from energy use in buildings, vehicles, waste and industry – indicates that GHG emissions in Toronto were 44 per cent lower in 2017 than in 1990.
Emissions from all sectors continue to go down, even in the context of economic and population growth.
Reporting annually is part of the City’s commitment to address climate change and inform the development of its climate strategy and policy.
Read more about the 2017 GHG inventory in the first TransformTO Implementation Update
Toronto’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, based on 1990 levels:
Achieving these targets will require transformational changes in how we live, work, commute, and build.
To reduce the worst impacts of climate change, TransformTO has set the following goals.
Homes and buildings:
With the support of community consultations and technical scenario modelling, TransformTO identified strategies that will reduce Toronto’s emissions and lead to a low-carbon city that is healthier, more prosperous and more equitable. More than 2,000 Torontonians were engaged in developing the plan.
In 2016 and 2017, nearly 2,000 Torontonians provided input on the development of the City’s climate action strategy, TransformTO, by participating in events and an online survey.
In 2019, members of the public were encouraged to provide input on Toronto’s climate actions and priorities through four City-hosted public meetings, an online survey, community-hosted conversation events, and the TransformTO Reference Panel on Climate Action.
Thank you to everyone who participated through these initiatives. Special thanks also to the 20+ community groups that hosted their own TransformTO community conversations.
Early in 2016, the City began a technical modelling exercise to assess how greenhouse gas emissions will change over time in key sectors – buildings, transportation, waste, energy sources, land use – given current federal, provincial and municipal policies and programs.
CityInSight is a data visualization tool for the City’s TransformTO Climate Action Strategy. You can use the tool to get a better understanding of the projected emissions for Toronto, and you can manipulate certain variables for your own analysis and research.
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