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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Toronto climate change strategy released

June 26, 2007

Toronto (Canada) recently unveiled its climate change strategy, detailing how it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent of 2004 levels, by the year 2012.

The plan, called the Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan and Sustainable Energy Plan, outlines a series of recommendations that build upon existing programs and policies, and calls for the creation of funding programs for new programs and initiatives that encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.

Recommendations include:

  • Accelerating and expanding existing City programs;
  • Committing $US 79 million ($CDN 85 million) to support action;
  • Creating programs and allocating funds to support individual residents and neighbourhoods;
  • Greening all the City’s fleets, as well as fleets in the community;
  • Creating standards to require and regulate green roofs in Toronto; and
  • Making Toronto the renewable energy capital of Canada by investing in renewable energy.

The plan has allowed for extensive public and stakeholder input, and now must be approved by city committees.

More and more cities are facing the need to mitigate climate change while already adapting to the changes brought about by climate change.  ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection® (CCP) Campaign is an innovative international campaign that helps local government and their communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their impact on the environment.   And now, the CCP Campaign is launching the Adaptation Initiative, building capacity for climate change impacts at the local level.  For more information, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Toronto is one of 19 local governments in Canada that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Canada, please visit www.iclei.org/canada.

Source:  “City of Toronto unveils Phase I of its Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan and Sustainable Energy Plan”, Canada News Wire, 14 June 2007 and “Environmentalists weigh in on city’s climate plan”, Etobicoke Guardian, 20 June 2007.

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