The City of Boston steps up action to be leading carbon neutral city in United States

The City of Boston steps up action to be leading carbon neutral city in United States

To be in full compliance with the Paris Agreement the authorities of the city of Boston are developing roadmaps to reduce carbon pollution in buildings and transportation, and updating its Climate Action Plan.

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 update to the City’s Climate Action Plan is set to be completed this year.

“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 Mayor Walsh. “We and our partners must be resilient and carbon neutral, from creating a Resilient Boston Harbor 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.”

“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,” said 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.”

It 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; and
  • Integrating “new mobility” modes with Boston’s legacy public transportation system including travel demand management.

World leader in climate action

Boston is one of the world’s leading cities committed to urgently pursuing high-ambition climate action, according to the C40 Climate Leadership Group.

“Boston is setting the global standard for bold climate action. The science of climate change is clear, and there is no time to waste in delivering on the necessary ambition of the Paris Climate Agreement,” said David Miller, North America Director, C40 Cities. “Cities across America and around the world will be inspired by the leadership of Mayor Walsh, the Green Ribbon Commission and the people of Boston.”

LEED Silver Standard

In addition, the City currently requires that all new municipal buildings are built to a LEED Silver Standard, and that all new large buildings are built to a LEED-certifiable standard. The City is coordinating training for municipal building operators, through the Building Operator Certification program, to ensure buildings are running as efficiently as possible.

Further information        

City’s 2019 Climate Action Plan Update online.

January 30, 2019