Exciting news: Toronto’s carbon emissions are declining. What does it mean?

Every year, Toronto’s greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory gives us a sense of how Toronto measures up compared to its goal of reducing carbon emissions 80% by 2050. The data measures our emissions from buildings, vehicles, waste, and industry. 2016 results are hot off the presses, and the overall trend is looking positive – with some caveats.  For easy reading, TAF’s simple summary report can help you break down the data.


Toronto reduced its emissions in 2016 by 6% compared to the previous year, and 33% since 1990, surpassing the city’s 2020 target ahead of schedule. When compared to similar cities around the world, this progress highlights Toronto’s climate leadership.

But it’s important not to take the current progress for granted.

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