Toronto targets climate change and clean air



    TORONTO, March 23 /CNW/ - With the release today of a framework for
public engagement and review, the City of Toronto has set the stage to engage
residents in developing a bold and comprehensive Action Plan to battle climate
change.
    The framework, called Change is in the Air: Toronto's Commitment to an
Environmentally Sustainable Future is part of a report to be considered by the
City's Executive Committee on Monday, March 26. It includes 27 exemplary
actions that the Toronto Government, residents, businesses and industry can
take to tackle climate change and improve air quality wherever they live and
work.
    Complete with an inventory of the major sources of greenhouse gases and
air pollutants in Toronto, the framework provides ideas regarding the types of
strategies, policies, programs and projects needed to meet the City's
ambitious reduction targets.
    The framework will see Toronto commit to a six per cent cut in greenhouse
gas emissions from the Toronto urban area by 2012 (based on 1990 levels), a
30 per cent cut by 2020, and an 80 per cent reduction by 2050. The targets
mirror recently announced European Union goals. In keeping with Mayor David
Miller's commitment, the City will reduce levels of smog-causing pollutants by
20 per cent by 2012.
    "As Canada's biggest city we have an opportunity and an obligation to
lead by tremendous example. Cleaning up the air is the issue of our time;
maybe of all time," said Mayor Miller. "The City cannot win the war on climate
change on our own, but we're prepared to lead the way.
    "With the release of this framework, we are inviting the citizens of
Toronto to get involved in developing and implementing a Climate Change and
Clean Air Action Plan as we work to create an urban area that is
environmentally sustainable. I know that Torontonians will partner with us and
rise to the challenge. They are ready to act."
    The City will invite Torontonians to attend consultation sessions
beginning in April, where citizens can learn more about the issues, provide
input on the plan and identify opportunities to take action. Residents, large
and small businesses, environmental groups, community groups, the financial
sector, professional associations and institutions are encouraged to attend.
The framework is available at
www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2007/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-2428.pdf.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Don Wanagas, Communications
Director, Office of Mayor David Miller, (416) 338-7134; Lawson Oates,
Director, Toronto Environment Office, (416) 392-9744


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