The Task Force for Housing and Climate summarized the results from three commissioned GHG modeling reports.
Together, the trio of research reports indicates that weak policy measures, when adding 5.8 million Canadian homes, might result in up to 142.7 Mt of new annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Conversely, employing robust policies in the same scenario could limit the emissions to as little as 43 Mt annually in 2030.
Decisive policy action at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels has the potential to avert nearly 100 Mt of annual greenhouse gas emissions from new housing, equating to 34% of Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goal as outlined in the Paris Agreement. This new research, combined with better data and policies for retrofitting the current housing stock, gives hope for a pathway to achieve net zero by 2030.
Visit the report landing page to read the commentary and executive summary.
The research partners on this project include Efficiency Canada, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, The PLACE Centre, the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Toronto Metropolitan University, and the Civil and Mineral Engineering Department at the University of Toronto.