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Study Examines Ways Boston Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions



    Study Examines Ways Boston Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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    FILE - SAN FRANCISCO - AUGUST 25: A power cable from a vehicle charging station is seen plugged into the side of a Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid August 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California. With sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars expected to increase in the coming years, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has set aside $5 million to increase the number of electric car charging stations to 5,000 around the Bay Area. There are currently 120 stations in the area. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    A study commissioned by Boston is examining steps the Massachusetts capital can take to meet its goal of becoming "carbon neutral" by 2050.

    The report released Tuesday by the city's Green Ribbon Commission and Boston University researchers looks at specific ways Boston can address its building stock and transportation, energy and waste systems to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Among the strategies is retrofitting thousands of buildings to reduce energy use and converting gas and oil systems to electric ones.

    They also examined ways Boston can promote mass transit and electric vehicles, such as imposing fees for parking or driving in the city center.

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    The researchers suggest the city explore ways to reduce waste and increase renewable energy options, such as converting methane gas produced by food waste into energy.

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