BOSTON —An inaugural Boston Climate Progress Report shows the city faces multiple obstacles and is not on track to meet its goals. The research, conducted by researchers at Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy for the Boston Foundation, shows that the city is off track to cut carbon emissions by 50% before 2030 and be carbon-neutral by 2050.
“With the policies that are in place now, we cannot reach those goals,” said Joan Fitzgerald, professor of urban and public policy at Northeastern University. “What we focused on is, what it would take to get us back on track.”
The report commented on the city’s progress on broader policies and how some systematic obstacles are present in meeting set climate goals.