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(Virtual) Setting Zero Carbon Emissions Standards in Boston

  • COST

    Free and open to the public

  • TYPE

    Professional Development



Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Boston’s largest buildings is the single most impactful action the City can take to meet its net zero carbon goal by 2050. To this end, the 2019 update to the Climate Action Plan committed the City to develop and introduce a performance standard to reduce carbon emissions from Boston’s existing large buildings.

The standard will require that all buildings larger than a certain threshold meet fixed carbon targets that decrease over time. Performance standards specific to different building typologies will ensure that buildings make steady progress on emissions reductions, while allowing building owners to develop solutions that are cost-effective and appropriate for the building’s use. The new standard will build on the reporting requirement of the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO), and replace the current energy action and assessment requirement.

The City of Boston has convened a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to assist the City in designing the next generation of greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies for Boston. And now the City also wants to hear feedback from the BSA’s community.

Join Benjamin Silverman, Climate and Buildings Program Manager for the City of Boston’s Environment Department for a presentation of this work and a chance to ask questions and give feedback.