BERDO is an initiative within Boston’s 2019 Climate Action Plan, which aims to help Boston achieve its goal to become carbon neutral by 2050 by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Climate change is the greatest threat to the future of our planet. According to scientists and extensive climate reports, we are heading towards extreme climate changes that will have a disastrous impact on our environment, unless we can act now.
In response to the climate crisis, Mayor Walsh has pledged to make Boston a carbon-neutral city by 2050. To help meet this goal, Boston has laid out a Climate Action Plan, which includes significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
Since buildings account for over 70% of greenhouse gas emissions in Boston, BERDO is one of the main initiatives within Boston’s Climate Action Plan. It aims to make building owners, tenants, and other stakeholders more aware of their energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions and provides opportunities to reduce both.
The requirements are meant to help spur action in Boston’s largest buildings, helping them to lower their greenhouse gas emissions, save money on their energy bills, and assist the City in meeting its Carbon Free by 2050 climate goal.
Usage reports are to be submitted annually. The city of Boston provides a list of properties required to submit a report and the date their Energy Action and Assessment submissions are due. Due dates for Energy Action & Assessments depend on the date of the first year a building submits a report.
New buildings must report their EEAs five years after their first data report, but for most buildings, the due dates for this Energy Action and Assessment (EAA) requirements are: