Council backs new eco-friendly initiatives

Toronto politicians have unanimously backed measures to make the city fleet more environmentally friendly and to make it easier for residents and businesses to use renewable energy like solar and wind power.



Over four years, Toronto hopes to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 15,000 tonnes and save $2 million through the second phase of its Green Fleet plan, which will boost the number of fuel-efficient city vehicles, reduce their average size, and explore innovative technology.



"This will allow us to remain among the cities leading the world on greening (its) fleet," Mayor David Miller said yesterday during a three-hour council discussion on green issues.

Also, a new bylaw passed yesterday will make it easier for homeowners and businesses to install devices on their properties, such as solar panels and wind turbines.

new models

  • In the city’s 4,700-vehicle fleet, 283 vehicles are now low-emission. Some 80 vehicles are to be replaced by "green" models this year, 100 next year, 140 in 2010, and 200 in 2011.