The recent action by the EU to set mandatory CO2 reduction targets has inspired the Canadian city of Toronto to follow suit.

A comprehensive city plan to combat climate change, includes proposals for a 30-per-cent cut in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 — and 80 per cent by 2050.

Beyond the new targets, the city will consider mandatory rules for new buildings to meet tougher energy-efficiency standards, more bike lanes, tree plantings, renewable energy alternatives and incentives to retrofit residential homes and commercial buildings.

The plan will be released today led by the mayor David Miller. “This is a starting point for the conversation,” Miller said. “What the EU has done is very powerful. We have learned a lot from them.”