29 January 2019 Boston Green Ribbon Commission’s Miriam Wasser: Boston aims to be carbon-free by 2050. Here are 5 takeaways from a new report

29 January 2019 by Jason Quinn

NZ is in the lucky position to already have a significant ~80% of our energy from renewables. Given that and lacking a full engineering analysis city-by-city report we can tell our NZ cities to focus on these three things:

1. Maximum energy efficiency in buildings – we don’t have to call it Passive House (or Passivhaus) but it will look nearly the same – for new and big renovations

2. Transport – electric – getting beyond the easy bits will be tricky but as we import our oil the benefits to our economy are potentially huge

3. Waste – no single system can solve this it needs to happen across many systems. Does anyone know the numbers for NZ as a whole or certain cities?

“The central message is that getting to carbon zero requires maximum energy efficiency and 100 percent clean electricity. The report identifies four sectors that would need radical overhauls to make this happen: buildings, transportation, waste and energy.Here are the big takeaways for each sector:1. Buildings: “Nearly every building in Boston will need to undergo retrofits that holistically and dramatically reduce energy consumption.”

Content by Boston Green Ribbon Commission.

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