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Boston passes ordinance aiming to reduce carbon emissions by more than 60% by 2050

Boston’s Air Pollution Control Commission passed an ordinance that would curb Boston’s carbon emissions by more than 60% by 2050.

The first phase of regulations for the BERDO 2.0 ordinance will require some buildings to decrease their emissions.

According to Boston.com, large buildings 20,000 square feet and over will have to decrease their emissions over the coming years. They will have to hit net-zero emissions by 2050.

This first phase will require the building to report emissions, energy consumptions, and water usage data. They will also have requirements for third party data verification. 

Building owners will have to report data via the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Future phases of the ordinance will be established over the next year. Organized review board will be implemented to keep tabs on emissions from large buildings. Later, individual compliance schedules and an equitable emissions investment fund will be set up.

The first version of the ordinance was passed in 2013, and only required large buildings to divulge their energy consumption data. These buildings account for over 60% of the city’s emissions. This new legislation would reduce that to zero by 2050.

Acting major Kim Janey’s office called the new legislation “the single most impactful initiative to curb Boston’s carbon emissions.” 

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BOSTON.COM

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