About  The Initiative

The Toronto 2030 Platform is an online tool, created by the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI), to track building performance towards City of Toronto and Federal GHG-emission reduction targets in downtown Toronto (the 2030 District). It displays emissions from energy use, water use and transportation by individual building, building type and geography.

CUI collaborated with the Toronto 2030 District, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Toronto Hydro, Enbridge, Enwave and an Advisory Panel of building industry experts. It is designed to be replicable in communities of all sizes.

 
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Background

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?

The 2030 Platform is designed to help users:

  • Benchmark their buildings;

  • Connect to conservations programs;

  • Commit to the District 2030 goals;

  • Share actual building performance data; and

  • Understand how downtown Toronto is progressing towards reaching emissions reductions targets

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.

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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 7500 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?

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1. Share

Share your building performance data, industry experience and contact information.

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2. Pledge

Declare your commitment to achieving the GHG emissions reduction goals of Downtown Toronto.

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3. Subscribe

Sign-up to receive updates on the initiative and Toronto's progress towards meeting GHG reduction targets.

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4. Connect

Follow the Toronto 2030 Platform on social media and share content that will help catalyze action.

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The Toronto 2030 District

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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

Partners: 

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Advisory Panel:

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