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Last updated: 7/12/16

How we work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Learn about our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Boston.

Greenhouse gases come from burning oil, gasoline, natural gas, and coal. To stabilize the global climate, the world needs to reduce emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Though the City cannot reach this goal on its own, we've made it our goal to reduce emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Learn more about the Greenovate Boston program.


We're working to improve the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings in Boston. We're the first City in the United States to require green building standards in public zones. All large-scale projects must also meet federal energy efficiency standards. With this work, we should reach about half of our emissions goals. Some recent projects include:


We hope to have one third of our emissions reductions come from transportation changes. Making cars more efficient and encouraging residents to drive smarter will have the greatest impact. Our Greenovation program examines alternative transportation options for the City.

Learn how to save fuel and drive smarter.


No matter how efficient we make our City, we'll still need to use energy. We're looking into alternative forms of energy that don't consume fossil fuels. Some of our efforts include:


Reducing solid waste is another way we can reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. Though a small contributor to our emissions goal, waste reduction through the Public Works Department is still an important part of our plan. You can find help with:

Still have questions? Contact:
1 City Hall Square
Room 709
Boston, MA 02201-2031
United States