Full Title: Carbon Free Boston Summary Report 2019
Author(s): Professors Cutler J. Cleveland (Principal Investigator) and Peter Fox-Penner (Principal Investigator). The current project team is Dr. Michael Walsh (Senior Research Scientist), Kevin Zheng (Research Fellow), Adam Pollack (Research Fellow), & Dr. Margaret Cherne-Hendrick (Senior Science Policy Associate).
Publisher(s): Institute for Sustainable Energy, Boston University and Boston Green Ribbon Commission
Publication Date: 01/2019
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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. As part of its mitigation effort, the City is collaborating with the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) and the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Boston University to produce a Carbon Free Boston report in 2018. This report will quantify the most effective combination of technologies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the energy, buildings, transportation, and public service sectors. Carbon Free Boston will also inform the GHG strategies that will be articulated in the City’s Climate Action Plan Update that will be released in 2018.
The ISE is the technical lead in the development of a modeling platform that will identify a set of policies and technologies that effectively and efficiently meet the City’s emissions reductions targets. In that role, the ISE will coordinate the work of consultants, staff working with the City and the Commonwealth, academics, and others with expertise in specific sectors.