Boston cut emissions from its municipal government operations by 16 percent from 2011 to 2012, with adjusted emissions falling from 165,202 to 138,841 metric tons of CO2e, according to data just released by the city.
The reductions help give Boston a total emissions reduction, since FY 2005, of about 51,000 metric tons, or 27 percent. The city said it increased its purchase of renewable energy credits and also improved efficiency. Projects included new co-generation capacity in the public school system, an LED conversion program for street lights, and city-wide fuel switching and co-generation.
This year, the city is implementing an Enterprise Energy Management System that it says will help it save taxpayer dollars by pinpointing energy use at specific times as well as tracking trends.
Takeaway: the reductions get Boston back on track after a notable emissions rise in 2011. The city’s emissions cuts and reporting make it a model among US cities – as also evidenced by its top billing on ACEEE’s energy efficiency scorecard, and its mandated energy benchmarking.