Global warming is causing our climate to change. Recent climate reports show we're heading towards extreme climate changes unless we can act now. Mayor Walsh has pledged to make Boston a carbon-neutral city by 2050. This means that in 30 years, our community can only release as much carbon pollution as our environment can safely absorb.
Go Boston 2030 is the City's bold vision for our transportation future. This plan will help the City of Boston meet our emissions reduction goals.Learn about Go Boston 2030
Boston's 2019 Climate Action Plan update will set us on the path toward carbon neutrality.2019 plan update
We wanted to better understand the impact of policy options for reaching carbon neutrality.The report focuses on key sectors to reduce emissions:
The analysis is informing the City’s ongoing update of our Climate Action Plan. The Boston Green Ribbon Commission created the report, which was led by researchers at Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy.
Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy
Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) modeled policies and technologies to meet the City’s emissions reductions targets. The institute also coordinated the work of consultants and staff working with the City and the state, academics, and others with expertise in specific sectors.
Boston Green Ribbon Commission
The Boston Green Ribbon Commission collaborates with local, state, and regional players. The commission advised Boston University's Institute for Sustainable Energy and other experts during the Carbon Free Boston Report process.
In 2016, the Boston community emitted 6.4 million metric tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Emissions came from energy use:
- in buildings and other facilities, and
- from transportation.
This is an almost 8 percent decrease from 2015. In that year, Boston emitted 6.9 million metric tons, according to revised estimates. Overall, Boston’s 2016 emissions represent an 18 percent decrease from 2005. This reduction has occurred at the same time that the population and the number of jobs in Boston have increased. The decrease is in large put due to a cleaner electric grid and a warmer winter.
We are America’s climate champion, with a target date of 2050 for going 100% carbon-neutral.