PortsToronto’s seventh annual Sustainability Report offers a comprehensive look at the organization’s efforts in the past year with respect to its longstanding mission to protect Toronto’s waters, support its community and innovate for a sustainable future.
Keeping the score, this annual report offers an accounting of PortsToronto’s environmental performance, tracking key indicators such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and economic impact, and measuring the organization's progress.
New this year, and complementary to the overarching Global Reporting Initiative methodology that provides the framework of its reporting, PortsToronto has detailed its contributions toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in a comprehensive chart located in the report’s appendix.
Some of these initiatives include:
The Marilyn Bell I, which connects passengers, vehicles and supplies to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, is the first completely electric, lithium-ion ferry in Canada, powered by 100 percent renewable wind and solar energy through our partnership with Bullfrog Power. Its new electric propulsion system, entirely devoid of fuel components, will eliminate GHG emissions from the ferry operation – reducing the airport’s Scope 1, or direct, emissions by an estimated 530 tonnes per year.
PortsToronto partnered with local organizations to plant more than 600 trees and shrubs at the Outer Harbour Marina. In addition to absorbing CO2 from the air, these will grow over the years to strengthen the soil and prevent erosion, provide habitat and food for local birds and wildlife and contribute to Toronto’s tree cover.
Seabins in the PortsToronto network removed tens of thousands of small pieces of plastic debris from the Toronto Harbour in 2021, and the organization sponsored a study with University of Toronto engineering students to design a bespoke trash-trapping device made for Toronto’s unique waterways.
To read PortsToronto’s full sustainability report, click here. Lien: https://www.portstoronto.com/Media/PortsToronto/PortsToronto/Images/PortsToronto/PortsToronto-Sustainability-Report-2021-Final-V2.pdf