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Boston sets roadmap for carbon neutrality

Boston was named a winner of the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge and will receive a support package, valued at up to $2.5m

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Roadmaps will identify critical pathways for Boston's public and private sectors
Roadmaps will identify critical pathways for Boston's public and private sectors

The city of Boston is developing roadmaps to reduce carbon pollution in buildings and transportation as it bolsters its ongoing initiatives to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

 

The roadmaps will identify critical action pathways for Boston’s public and private building and transportation sectors, strengthening the strategies needed to achieve the city’s long-term goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

 

The priority was underscored through the Carbon Free Boston report by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission.

 

Compliance with the Paris Agreement

 

The update to the city’s climate action plan is set to begin next month and completed later this year. The completion will signify Boston’s full compliance with the Paris Agreement.

 

“As we enter a new era of our city’s history, we’re planning for storms, climate change, and the environmental threats the next generation will face,” said Martin Walsh, mayor of Boston.

 

“We and our partners must be resilient and carbon neutral, from creating a resilient Boston Harbour vision plan to moving forward with community choice energy. I’m grateful for the partnership of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and the experts at Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy. Their work will help us continue to lead, addressing the challenge of climate change.”

 

According to the Carbon Free Boston report, the city will achieve its climate goals if it pursues three strategies simultaneously: reduce demand for energy by increasing efficiency; convert most fossil fuel use to run on electricity; and buy 100 per cent clean energy.

“We and our partners must be resilient and carbon neutral, from creating a resilient Boston Harbour vision plan to moving forward with community choice energy"

The city will convene key partners and stakeholders to identify how it can continue to equitably act on these strategies over the next several years. The group will specifically look at accelerating the following actions:

  • deep-energy retrofits and electrification programming, requirements, and incentives in Boston’s existing buildings
  • zero net carbon (ZNC) construction in Boston’s new buildings
  • electric vehicle adoption and installation of charging infrastructure, including for Boston’s municipal fleet
  • integrating “new mobility” modes with Boston’s legacy public transportation system including travel demand management.

“Moving to carbon neutrality is an opportunity to advance Boston’s status as a national climate leader and global hub of innovation while creating a cleaner, healthier, more equitable Boston for all,” added John Cleveland, executive director of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission.

 

“This analysis demonstrates that we can reach our goal by 2050, but only through a coordinated and concerted effort among the public and private sectors – and we have to start now.”

 

Boston was named a winner of the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge and will receive a support package, valued at up to $2.5m and will apply that to help advance the strategies in its updated climate action plan.

 

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