January 2, 2006

Toronto cited among top five cities as low carbon leaders

TORONTO, ONT-The city of Toronto received the "Low Carbon Leader 2005" award last month from The Climate Group, a U.K.-based non-profit organization dedicated to advancing business and government leadership on climate change. The award was given to the top five cities in a ranking of low carbon leaders in business, government and individuals created by Business Week magazine. A panel of nine independent judges selected Toronto based, in part, on the city's achievement of a 42% reduction in corporate greenhouse gas emissions between 1990-1998, and a further 20% reduction in 2005 through implementation of waste management policies calling for methane capture at three landfills to produce green energy for the power grid. Other accomplishments contributing to Toronto's designation as a low carbon leader included energy and emissions reductions achieved through: the Better Building Partnership and the Energy Management Program in both municipal and private-sector buildings; investment in public transit, including the recent purchase of hybrid buses; and the funding and establishment of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, which serves as a model for other cities.

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