About The Initiative
Ontario, Toronto and Toronto’s 2030 District have all set aggressive targets for GHG emissions reductions in line with global commitments. Meeting these targets will require strategic alignment across sectors and actors towards meeting a common goal. To support this, the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is leading the development of a collaborative platform to engage stakeholders in achieving district-level emissions targets through data collection, visualization, progress reporting and engagement. The platform is being designed to incorporate emissions attributable to buildings, transportation and water use in downtown Toronto, and to be replicable in communities of all sizes.
Even if we can continue to meet our historical pace of GHG conservation, Toronto’s emissions will be 260% greater than our 2050 GHG reduction targets.
We know what needs to be done to increase reductions to meet our targets. We now need to catalyze action to create real system change.
What will the platform do?
Display Toronto’s progress towards meeting GHG-reduction targets.
Show reported or modeled emissions for each building, building type and fuel type to support a better understanding of where and why GHG emissions occur across the District
How will it motivate change?
Platform data will be used to inform scenario planning, identify opportunities for district energy and support utility conservation program design, engagement and campaign design.
Broad stakeholder dialogues, informed by the platform data will be used to help uncover and identify means of overcoming systemic barriers to GHG emissions reductions in downtown Toronto.
Why do we need a collaborative data platform?
To determine where to focus engagement, campaigns, programs and policy initiatives in downtown Toronto and assess the impact of these, we need to better understand the market.
Downtown Toronto has about 8000 individual structures but mandatory reporting through Ontario’s Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking Regulation will only provide information on about 1400 of these.
Voluntary programs have collected energy data on just a few hundred buildings.
Toronto utilities have data on consumption but no common platform for recording or sharing consumption data.
A comprehensive inventory of sources and emissions is needed to drive action and track progress.
How can you join the initiative?
Declare your commitment to achieving the GHG emissions reduction goals of Downtown Toronto.
Sign-up to receive updates on the initiative and Toronto's progress towards meeting GHG reduction targets.
The Toronto 2030 District
The 2030 District was established to focus on collectively solving the challenge of urban greenhouse gas emission reductions, recognizing that transformational change requires collaboration between individual emitters governments, industry and community organizations. Toronto is one of eighteen progressive cities in North America who have established 2030 Districts to tackle climate change. Each district targets immediate, deep GHG reductions, working towards 50% reductions by the year 2030.
The Toronto District encompasses the downtown core from Dupont St. to Lake Ontario, and the Don Valley to Bathurst St. With over 550,000 people living and working within the district’s boundaries, the Toronto 2030 District is the largest to-date, significantly growing the network, which includes Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Denver, Stamford, San Francisco and Dallas.
Toronto 2030 Platform Network
This project is funded by proceeds from the Government of Ontario’s carbon market, as part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan. The action plan and carbon market work together to support innovative initiatives that provide residents and businesses with more choices to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and save money.