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Boston announces plans to restrict natural gas use in new buildings

August 17, 2022

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Boston will seek to restrict natural gas use in new buildings by taking part in a new program that allows Massachusetts towns and cities to adopt local gas bans.

Mayor Michelle Wu on Aug. 16 announced her plan for securing one of the 10 slots reserved for Bay State communities. Massachusetts approved the program Aug. 11 as part of a larger climate law, capping a roughly three-year effort spearheaded by Boston-area communities to secure authority to prohibit gas use in buildings.

Boston would become the largest northeast city after New York City to adopt a building gas ban. On-site fossil fuel combustion accounts for more than one-third of Boston's greenhouse gas emissions, according to the mayor's office. The city wants to provide a model for equitably transitioning to fossil fuel-free construction that all of New England can replicate, the office said in a news release.

"Boston must lead by taking every possible step for climate action," Wu said. "We are eager to carry out the intent of this state legislation and maximize its benefit by including the Commonwealth's largest city."

[Tom DiChristopher]

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