Boston passes ambitious ordinance targeting zero emissions for large buildings by 2050

2021-10-07

Highlights

Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey has signed the Ordinance Amending City of Boston Code, Ordinances, Chapter VII, Sections 7-2.1 and 7-2.2, Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure (BERDO 2.0) into law, making Boston one of the first cities in the nation to impose emissions performance standards on existing buildings, with the goal of achieving zero emissions from large buildings by 2050.

BERDO 2.0 includes several significant changes from the existing BERDO, which was until now primarily an energy reporting and disclosure ordinance.

Many major issues are left open for further definition in the regulatory process to follow.

Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey signed an Ordinance Amending City of Boston Code, Ordinances, Chapter VII, Sections 7-2.1 and 7-2.2, Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure (BERDO 2.0) into law on Oct. 5, 2021. The amended ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the Boston City Council on Sept. 22, 2021, makes Boston one of the first cities in the nation, alongside New York and Washington, D.C., to impose emissions performance standards on existing buildings, with the ambitious goal of decarbonizing the city’s large building stock by 2050. In addition, Environmental Justice concerns and the development of local renewable energy projects are emphasized throughout BERDO 2.0.

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