PortsToronto releases sustainability report

TORONTO — PortsToronto today released its 2022 Sustainability Report, which offers a comprehensive accounting of environmental performance at its various businesses including Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the marine Port of Toronto and Outer Harbour Marina.

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The report tracks key indicators such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and economic impact, and measures the organization’s progress within the framework of global corporate reporting best practices.

The eighth-annual report is presented in an interactive format with graphic and video components that help illustrate PortsToronto’s achievements and efforts to implement sustainable practices, support its community and the wellbeing of its employees, and invest in programs and infrastructure that protect the environment and grow Toronto’s economy.

In 2022, PortsToronto took strides in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, reporting a 10 per cent decrease in Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions, the port said. This was achieved in part through the organization’s use of 100 per cent renewable energy via Bullfrog Power – which has allowed PortsToronto to displace more than 29,717 tonnes of CO2 since 2010 – and its investment in cleaner technology such as the Marilyn Bell electric ferry.

The Marilyn Bell e-ferry at Billy Bishop Airport is powered by green electricity and its zero-emission operation will reduce PortsToronto’s overall diesel consumption by 196,000 litres each year.

“As we set our sights on supporting our region’s post-pandemic recovery, the key principle of balance remains at the forefront of PortsToronto’s strategic planning,” said RJ Steenstra, president and CEO of PortsToronto. “We are committed to creating a sustainable future in which economic growth goes hand in hand with environmental stewardship and social progress. By choosing renewable energy to power our businesses, and by protecting our shared natural resources on the waterfront, we are charting a path toward a more resilient and prosperous future for Toronto.”

The Sustainability report is developed in coordination with Delphi Group, a pioneer in sustainability, which audits and reviews PortsToronto’s sustainability reporting and key indicators like greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), to help measure and report the organization’s progress within global corporate best practices.