The Toronto Atmospheric Fund is launching a long-range modelling effort to discover how Canada’s largest city can hit an 80% greenhouse gas reduction target by 2050.
TAF’s Transformation Toronto 2050 initiative “will model future scenarios to help understand which key actions will bring significant local carbon reductions in Toronto,” writes Vice-President Mary Pickering. With that data, TAF will work with partners and across sectors “to see how deep carbon reduction scenarios affect the broader health and success of the city.”
Communities like Seattle, Portland, and New York City “are finding out how to focus their activities to get at the key opportunities, including creating zero-energy buildings and shifting people away from single-occupancy vehicle use, as well as reducing waste to zero and adding more renewable energy to the electricity grid,” she notes.
When TAF convened 25 community stakeholders in Toronto, “there was strong interest in ensuring that the program is designed to provide business cases for GHG reductions options, and to draw clear links between GHG reduction and other top-of-mind public issues such as jobs and the widening gap between rich and poor.”