Campaign for Net-Zero Carbon for New Boston Buildings: Update on the City Council Process

On May 15 Councilor Matt O’Malley—chair of the Committee on the Environment, Sustainability, and Parks—held the second working session to craft an ordinance that will move new buildings in Boston toward net-zero carbon. We know that buildings account for more than half of all our greenhouse gas emissions and that if we are going to reach the Mayor’s stated goal of Boston’s being carbon neutral by 2050, we cannot fuel the buildings in the city’s third largest construction boom with gas. BCEC is working closely with Councilor O’Malley on this effort.

Moving new construction toward net-zero carbon means developing incentives and regulations now, with input from all stakeholders. Toward that end, Councilor O’Malley’s second public working session asked all participants (architects, engineers, real estate attorneys, and more) to put forward specific suggestions for NZC incentives and regulations. An excellent list resulted, and in the next working session the group will assess and evaluate these posited ideas. The desired goal is a City Council ordinance by the end of 2018 that establishes incentives and regulations for new buildings to be net-zero carbon. The final NZC working session will be in July, date TBD. These sessions are open to the public.

Background:

In March 2018 Councilor O’Malley convened the first working session to continue the process of crafting an ordinance that will move new buildings in Boston toward net-zero carbon. The effort began last year with a Council hearing.

Moving new construction toward net-zero carbon means developing incentives and regulations now with input from all stakeholders. Toward that end, Councilor O’Malley’s public working sessions seek to include architects, engineers, professors, builders, developers, and real estate attorneys as well as representatives from the administration engaging in the process. Two future working sessions will build toward the goal of passing an ordinance by the end of 2018 that establishes incentives and regulations for new buildings to be net-zero carbon.

For more information on the NZC hearing and process, click here.