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The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) recently issued a report on the development of a carbon emissions inventory to “help climate leaders put the GTHA on a path towards carbon neutrality.”

This one-of-a-kind comprehensive inventory uses a consistent methodology, data sources, and time frames across all six GTHA municipalities to create six regional profiles as well as GTHA-wide data. Carbon emissions are classified by sector and show change over time (2015-2017). 

Key findings

  • 49.2 megatonnes of carbon emissions were emitted in 2017.
  • Emissions by regions were 4.1 megatonnes in Durham, 3.8 in Halton, 10.4 in Hamilton, 10.6 in Peel, 14.0 in Toronto, and 6.3 in York.
  • Broken down by sector, 21.0 megatonnes (42.8%) came from the buildings sector, 16.6 from the transportation sector, 9.3 from the industrial sector, 1.8 from the waste sector and 0.5 from the agricultural sector.
  • 77 per cent of emissions came from the building and transportation sectors.
  • Transportation emissions rose between 2015 and 2017, even on a per capita basis, due to more and bigger vehicles on the road being driven longer distances and sitting in traffic longer.

hrai1jan82020Overall, carbon emissions fell 3.4 percent between 2015 and 2017 (1.7 percent a year). Analysis suggests the drop is likely due to fluctuations in the weather, rather than governmental climate actions. Even if that level of reduction was sustained, however, TAF reports that it would not be enough to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The region needs to see average annual reductions of seven percent to meet those targets.

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