TransformTO, the City of Toronto’s climate change action strategy, was unanimously approved by City Council in 2017. TransformTO outlines a set of long-term, low-carbon goals and strategies to reduce community-wide GHG emissions in Toronto. Toronto’s long-term goal is to achieve net zero by 2050 or sooner.
With the goal of leading by example, TransformTO also includes strategies to achieve low-carbon goals at City-owned facilities, including a goal for 100 per cent of existing City-owned buildings to be retrofitted to achieve 40 per cent energy savings, on average, by 2040.
The effective implementation of energy efficiency measures and building retrofits are key components of the City’s strategy to achieve these ambitious goals.
The City’s current 5-year Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan (2019 – 2024) takes a “whole city” approach to achieving these goals. The City plans to implement energy retrofit and renewable energy measures within its buildings to deliver the greatest impact.
Number of Buildings in the Portfolio Enrolled in GWI
GHG Emissions Intensity
Total GHG Emissions
Accomplishments at the Building Portfolio
Monitoring and tracking energy use at 3,008 City sites and 5,512 active utility accounts
50 buildings integrated with centralized building automation system servers
5.5 MW of electricity demand reduced through the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Demand Response Program
41 buildings benchmarked on the Energy Star Portfolio Manager system; 59 baseline models on RETScreen software
100+ Rooftop Solar PV Systems installed on City-owned buildings through the IESO Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program
Lake-based geo-exchange system at the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre at Queens Quay W. and Bathurst St.
Profiles presented are based on information provided by participants. Participants’ GHG emissions performance published are based on utility data submitted and converted to GHG emissions. The emission factors applied aligns with the period of energy data reported (2019). The emission factors utilized for the conversion are calculated based on a combination of sources: Government of Canada (National Inventory Report & Canada’s Proposed Greenhouse Gas Quantification Requirements), Government of Ontario (Guide: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting), The Atmospheric Fund (A Clearer View on Ontario’s Emissions – Electricity emissions factors and guidelines) and Enbridge Gas Inc. (Chemical Composition of Natural Gas).