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Boston City Council Approves Strict Building Emissions Law (1)

Sept. 22, 2021, 5:30 PMUpdated: Sept. 22, 2021, 6:52 PM

Boston’s City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve an ordinance that would require large buildings to cut their energy consumption and production starting in 2025.

If Acting Mayor Kim Janey (D) signs the measure, buildings with at least 20,000 square feet of floor space would gradually have to step down their greenhouse gas emissions through 2050, when they’d be expected to be at net zero. Janey could sign it as soon as next week.

Only a handful of U.S. cities have similar laws on the books. Among them is New York City, which recently passed a law requiring buildings ...

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