Alyssa Danigelis, Energy Manager Today
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh set the city on a path to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 when he signed the Metro Mayors Climate Mitigation Commitment in 2016. A new report undertaken at Walsh’s request identifies the specific energy-related steps that Boston’s leadership must take to reach that goal.
Carbon Free Boston, an initiative to analyze the city’s options, launched in fall 2017. After data collection and model development that winter, the project moved to policy-driven greenhouse gas emissions modeling last year.
Developed in fall 2018 and published this week, the Carbon Free Boston report comes out of a partnership the city has with the Green Ribbon Commission and Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy. The researchers who wrote the report found that in order to meet the carbon neutrality goal, the city must pursue three mutually reinforcing strategies in key sectors.