The Carbon Free Boston initiative signals the need to transition from old, dirty carbon-based fuels to 100% clean and renewable energy sources in every sector of the economy.
The City of Boston has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2050, with interim goals of a 25 and 50 percent reduction by 2020 and 2030, respectively, relative to a 2005 baseline. In 2016, Mayor Marty Walsh asked the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) to establish a Working Group to support the City in the development of strategies to achieve these ambitious targets. In response to the Mayor’s request, the Green Ribbon Commission is collaborating with Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) to produce a Carbon Free Boston report in 2018, for the purpose of informing the next phase of Boston’s de-carbonization strategies and actions. This report will quantify the most effective combination of technologies and policies to reduce GHG emissions across the energy, buildings, transportation, and waste sectors.
To read a two-page Executive Summary of the Carbon Free Boston initiative, click here.
To read a more detailed twenty-page description of the initiative and its design, click here.