All public bodies in Ontario should get serious about a
"cleaner, leaner, greener" approach to energy, especially
reducing the use of fossil fuels.
Ontario should adopt formal targets for reducing fossil fuel
Public bodies should be accountable to the public for the
energy they use.
As Dr. Saxe
commented, Ontario currently has a "lopsided" energy
conservation strategy, which targets electricity conservation, but
does not address the use of fossil fuels. More than 80 per cent of
the province's energy needs are met through fossil fuels, while
conservation efforts are targeted at electricity, the
"smallest and cleanest of our major energy sources."
A key way to manage transportation fuel consumption is related
to how our communities are built: making more complete communities
allows for the densities needed to ensure efficient transit. The
Commissioner suggests that transit vehicles be given priority on
key arterials and on highways. She also recommends that the
province support the rapid growth of low carbon transportation
vehicles and fuels, including electrification. Dr. Saxe
noted that the province has failed to meet its own promise to
buy 500 electric vehicles, commenting, "[s]o far they're
at 70 and 14 of those are essentially golf carts."
One other key recommendation of the Commissioner is that the
Minister of Finance should redirect tax breaks from supporting
fossil fuel consumption to activities that contribute to the public
good. The report describes these tax breaks, under international
definitions, as fossil fuel subsidies.
reported on May 16, 2016, the Province recently released
updated land-use plans for comment which were specifically revised
to include climate change policies and to establish more aggressive
density and intensification targets.
In addition, the province today released its
climate change plan. In another blog, we will explore how, if
at all, that plan addresses some of the issues raised by
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