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BERDO Regulations Development

The Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) requires large buildings in Boston to reduce their emissions. Regulations will set the rules for implementing BERDO. 

The Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) requires large buildings in Boston to:

  • report their annual energy and water use to the City, and
  • reduce their greenhouse gas emissions over time.

BERDO 2.0 is an important tool for helping Boston meet its climate goals. The first step for implementing BERDO is to develop and adopt regulations. The Air Pollution Control Commission reviews and adopts all BERDO regulations.

Phase 1: Reporting and Verification

Phase 1

On March 16, 2022 the Air Pollution Control Commission voted to approve the Phase 1 Regulations and associated Policies and Procedures. 

Second Public Comment Period

February 18, 2022 - March 11, 2022


First Public Comment Period

January 21, 2022 - February 11, 2022


INFORMAL Comment Period

December 20, 2021 - January 14, 2022

Phase 2: Review Board

Phase 2 of the BERDO regulations process will begin in Spring 2022 and will focus primarily on the establishment of the Review Board. Please stay tuned for updates.

Phase 3: Compliance with Emissions Standards

Phase 3 of the BERDO regulations process will begin later in 2022 and will focus on the following topics:

  • Compliance with emissions standards
  • Hardship compliance plans
  • Individual compliance schedules
  • Equitable emissions investment fund 
  • Additional regulations as needed

Please stay tuned for updates. 

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