Study Examines Ways Boston Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Credit: City of Boston Green Ribbon Commission and Boston University

BOSTON (AP) — A study commissioned by Boston is examining steps the Massachusetts capital can take to meet its goal of becoming "carbon neutral" by 2050.

The report released Tuesday by the city's Green Ribbon Commission and Boston University researchers looks at specific ways Boston can address its building stock and transportation, energy and waste systems to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Among the strategies is retrofitting thousands of buildings to reduce energy use and converting gas and oil systems to electric ones.

They also examined ways Boston can promote mass transit and electric vehicles, such as imposing fees for parking or driving in the city center.

The researchers suggest the city explore ways to reduce waste and increase renewable energy options, such as converting methane gas produced by food waste into energy.

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