Electric vehicle rebate among staff proposals to speed up Toronto’s target to become a carbon neutral city
The Green Party has made a number of proposals to make Toronto more sustainable, including committing to a goal of becoming a climate neutral city by 2050.
A key goal is a new 100 megawatt solar power station at a location that will provide enough electricity to power a city-sized village of homes, a conference centre and a school.
The solar farm is to be built by Toronto Hydro under a $90-million federal grant. The project is on track to generate enough electricity for 1.24 million homes when fully constructed and operating – enough to power the equivalent of four million homes, as well as the village, the conference centre and school. In total, the facility is expected to provide enough energy to power 15,000 homes.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has called for 100 megawatts of new solar power plants and said she’s working on a plan to reduce Toronto’s need for fossil-fuel-based heating energy. (The Star)
The Green Party is one of five political parties that were invited to the third phase of an ongoing review of the City of Toronto’s climate strategy. The review was launched last year by Mayor John Tory and included nine other municipal parties that together submitted a proposal on ways to curb Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The Green Party wants the City to commit to a goal of becoming a climate neutral city by 2050.
In an online consultation document, the Green Party said it will “advance a number of policy proposals that, if implemented on the municipal level, could reduce Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 35 per cent below the target in the City of Toronto’s Climate Action Plan and achieve the city’s goal to become a climate neutral city by 2050.”
The online consultation document says that the Green Party proposes to “launch an ambitious green revolution” in Toronto that would target emissions of greenhouse gases from buildings, transportation and commercial buildings, to create a “