What Happens When Climate Changes Everything
Insight By the year 2050, your home will be about 80 percent more efficient than it is today. Learn how all new homes and buildings will be built with near zero emissions
By the year 2050, your home will be about 80 percent more efficient than it is today. All new homes and buildings will be built to be near zero emissions. And with thorough insulation, high-efficiency windows and doors, and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, your green home will be the norm. Indeed, your building may be connected to a low-carbon thermal network, and you may even have a green roof!
The City’s recently updated Toronto Green Standard will have been in place since 2030. If you have a car, it — and all other vehicles in the city — will use a low-carbon fuel. You will walk or cycle much more often. In fact, in a climate-friendly Toronto, 75 percent of all trips under five kilometres will be walked or cycled. 90 percent of our waste will be diverted from landfills— getting closer to Toronto's aspirational goal of zero waste.
While 2050 may seem a long way off, these changes are real goals in the TransformTO Climate Action Strategy. With the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto by 80 percent by 2050, the strategy identifies how the City will lead by example to reduce emissions in ways that will also improve our health, economy, and equity.
Your support counts
We want to make Toronto one of the most sustainable cities in the world, but we can't do it without you.
A great place to start is at home and there are many incentives and programs available to help. The City's Home Energy Loan Program, for example, offers low-interest loans up to $75,000 to cover the cost of improvements including energy efficient furnaces, insulation, doors, and windows.