Statement: Mayor Wu's Fossil Fuel Ban

Prepared by Rick Dimino, President & CEO | AUGUST 16th, 2022

While we support the City of Boston's commitment to achieving our climate goals, the pursuit of a carbon-free future must not imperil the equitable growth of our regional economy. We urge Mayor Wu to prioritize engagement with stakeholders from the real estate and development community to ensure that the phase-out of fossil fuels is both technically and financially feasible in terms of building construction and operations and grid capacity and reliability, while being clear on timing and implementation. Additionally, it is imperative that this new effort aligns with the various policies underway at the city and state level​s, including Boston's BERDO 2.0 ​and Zero Net Carbon Zoning Initiative and the state Stretch Energy Code, which ​are already presenting a dizzying compliance patchwork ​for many developers. 

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