Electric vehicle rebate among staff proposals to speed up Toronto’s target to become a carbon neutral city
Toronto, ON – On World Environment Day, many of the city’s staff — including those from its Green City Centre and Green City Hall departments — have put forward their proposals to speed up the city’s target to become a carbon neutral city for the year 2040. With the current provincial goal of 45% of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced by 2020, and with the City of Toronto set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a target of 10% in 2030, the staff proposals represent a big step forward in Toronto’s target to become carbon neutral by 2030.
“We are the second Green City in the country — and we have made some big progress already in the last five years. But we still have a long way to go and a lot of work to complete,” said Mike McBain, the Assistant Deputy Mayor, and CEO of Toronto Public Works (TPL).
The staff proposals that are currently being discussed include those related to the city’s new Zero-Vehicle Parking Program (ZVPP), as well as the development of a hybrid vehicle rebate program. This initiative would give those who purchase hybrid electric vehicles as part of the $75M plan to drive down emissions in Toronto. In addition to the rebate program, TPL would also be working to get the City of Toronto’s transportation services integrated with the province’s ‘Transit 2030’ strategy, which will help reduce traffic and ease congestion on city streets.
“For Toronto to become carbon neutral by 2030, it’s about doing our part to get to that goal. That means using public transit and driving less,” said TPL Deputy Mayor, David Laidu.
The ZVPP is a major initiative that TPL launched at the start of the year, and which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030 in the city. The ZVPP is meant to encourage residents and business owners in the city to eliminate the use of private cars, which would drive the city’s greenhouse gas emissions to the level of a city with only public transit and cars.
“In a city where two-thirds of our greenhouse gas emissions come from private cars, it’s important to see that the transition to a zero-em