Carbon Free Boston Summary Report

Carbon Free Boston requires deep changes in city life

By Cutler J. Cleveland, Peter Fox-Penner, Michael J. Walsh, Margaret Cherne-Hendrick, Sucharita Gopal, Joshua R. Castigliego, Taylor Perez, Adam Pollack, Kevin Zheng

January 2019

As the City of Boston seeks to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, the Institute for Sustainable Energy (now the Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability) has quantified the most effective combination of actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across buildings, transportation, energy supply, and waste management. The report provides an analytical framework to help make decisions related to the four mutually reinforcing strategies to reach carbon neutrality: energy efficiency, electrification, clean energy, and improving social outcomes through intentional action.

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