City of Toronto announces 10 major projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, deliver community benefits

The City of Toronto will initiate 10 major projects this year to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto as part of its TransformTO Climate Action Strategy and commitment to create a low-carbon city. These projects will be supported by $52 million in funding from the Province of Ontario’s Municipal GHG Challenge Fund.

“These projects are another example of the City, the province, the federal government and the private sector working together to deliver real results for residents,” said Mayor John Tory. “Along with delivering cost-effective greenhouse gas emission reductions, these projects will help save money and generate revenue for the City that we can invest in services for our residents.”

In addition to delivering significant greenhouse gas emission reductions of more than 360,000 tonnes by 2031, the projects present cost-saving and revenue-generation opportunities for City operations, and are expected to create jobs within the construction, manufacturing and professional services sectors.

These innovative, next-generation projects will expand high-performance buildings, low-carbon thermal energy networks, electric vehicles and biogas utilization.

Following are the 10 projects:

• The TTC will replace 30 clean diesel buses with 30 battery-powered electric buses.

• A biogas upgrading facility and renewable natural gas injection infrastructure will be built at the Dufferin Organics Processing Facility.

• 220 light-duty gasoline-powered City fleet vehicles will be replaced with 156 battery electric and 64 plug-in hybrid vehicles.

• A building-wide energy retrofit of Toronto Paramedic Services headquarters will result in annual energy savings of 1,186,000 kWh of electricity and 232,000 cubic metres of natural gas.

• The City’s first net zero facility, an early learning and childcare centre, will be constructed in the Mount Dennis neighbourhood.

• A renewable geo-exchange system will be installed at the St. Lawrence Market, one of the most important historical sites in Toronto.

• A renewable thermal energy system will serve the Etobicoke Civic Centre Precinct, a City-owned brownfield development master-planned to be Toronto’s first net zero community.

• A geo-exchange thermal energy network will serve seven existing condominium buildings in Liberty Village.

• A hybrid geo-exchange thermal energy network will be developed as part of the redevelopment of the City-owned Canada Square Lands at 2180 and 2200 Yonge St.

• A near zero emissions geo-exchange thermal energy network (district energy system) will be developed as part of a new affordable housing development on
City-owned property at 253 Markham Rd.

In 2017, City Council unanimously adopted TransformTO, Toronto’s Climate Action Strategy, which set a long-term framework and target for reducing city-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 (from 1990 levels) and made a commitment for the City to lead by example.

More information about these projects and the City’s TransformTO Climate Action Strategy is available at

This news release is also available on the City’s website:

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