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Toronto council adopts net-zero management framework

Toronto council adopts net-zero management framework

TORONTO—Toronto City Council has endorsed a new Accountability and Management Framework to guide the implementation of the city’s TransformTO Net Zero climate action strategy.

Three new groups will be created through the framework.

A Climate Advisory Group will include diverse individuals and organizations representing all sectors of the city and will advise the city on TransformTO implementation.

A Joint TransformTO Implementation Committee comprising city management and unionized staff, as well as labour unions, will help reach the city’s council-directed corporate climate targets.

A Net Zero Climate Leadership Table comprising cross-corporate city senior management staff will manage high-level issues and ensure overall accountability.

The groups will be established in the coming weeks and meetings will begin later this year, stated a release.

Council adopted the City’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy in December 2021 with a target to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2040.

Last month, the city also announced the Deep Retrofit Challenge, which is aimed at accelerating the reduction of GHG emissions from existing buildings. The city will provide funding to support deeper-than-planned energy retrofits in 10 to 16 privately-owned, multi-unit residential and commercial office buildings, with the goal of accelerating emissions reductions and identifying pathways to net-zero that can be replicated in other buildings. The challenge is funded through a $5 million investment from Natural Resources Canada.

“The advisory and oversight groups we create through the framework will ensure input and ongoing dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders, including equity-deserving groups, to ensure that we get this right,” stated Mayor John Tory in a statement.

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