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Toronto office landlords slash energy usage

As the skyline of Toronto’s financial core stretches skyward, those who build, occupy and develop that vista are making significant cuts to their collective energy use.

Race to Reduce, an energy reduction challenge conducted by the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, announced Thursday that it is just 1 per cent away from its goal of reducing energy use by 10 per cent by the end of 2014. The effort represents more than 175 buildings and 67 million square feet, or about 32 per cent of Toronto’s office space.

“Reaching a 9-per-cent reduction in just two short years has highlighted what landlords and tenants can achieve when they focus together on reducing energy, costs and carbon emissions,” said Roger Johnson, senior vice-president for enterprise real estate at Toronto-Dominion Bank and co-chair of CivicAction’s Commercial Building Energy Leadership Council. “It also demonstrates the ample opportunities for Race to Reduce participants and non-participants alike to achieve much greater energy savings.”

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Paul Attfield

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