Carbon Free Boston | Boston.gov

We’re analyzing our options in the City’s efforts to go carbon neutral by 2050.

About usSectorsCarbon neutralityOur partners

The City is working to reduce pollution that adds to climate change. Solving this issue will spur economic growth and improve life in Boston. It will also enhance everyone’s health and safety. In this project, we’re working with:

Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy
and, the Green Ribbon Commission.

PROJECT TIMELINE

Fall 2017 – Project Launch
Winter/Spring 2018 – Policy-driven GHG emissions modeling
Summer 2018 – Project Completion

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What we’re doing

Carbon Free Boston will review the benefits and costs of technologies and policies. Our goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the City.

The project will focus on these key sectors to reduce emissions:

  • electric power
  • buildings
  • transportation, and
  • waste.

Our analysis will help inform the City’s next update of its Climate Action Plan. We expect that work to begin in 2018.
Focus on the future

Our work will create the foundation for Boston’s long-term goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Carbon Free Boston will:

develop a shared, positive vision of our carbon-free future
form an understanding of the options for achieving that future, including the trade-offs
find key stakeholders who have a deep understanding for the issues and strategy, and
create a sense of urgency and willingness to make tough short-term decisions for the future.

We’ll need to work with state and regional players who control energy, transportation, and building decision-making. It’s true, 2050 is more than 30 years away. But, it’s important to start this work now. We’ll be making choices in the short-term that will affect our ability to achieve the 2050 target.

The Climate Action Plan serves as Boston’s blueprint for reaching its goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 and carbon neutral by 2050. We want to make sure the City is prepared for the impacts of climate change.

The Climate Action Plan will ensure Boston’s continued global leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change by developing a framework for action. With this Plan, Boston will continue to develop as a vibrant and sustainable city for current and future generations and champion the actions needed to meet the global challenges of climate change.

The Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Update builds upon seven years of work in reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Beginning with the 2007 Executive Order, Boston set greenhouse gas reduction goals of 25 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050 for municipal operations, and requires the City to plan and prepare for the impacts of climate change. In 2011, the City released A Climate of Progress, Boston’s first community-wide plan, which set the greenhouse gas reduction goals for all of Boston, while continuing to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

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