Boston has set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2050. Since Boston’s buildings produce more than 70 percent of the city’s carbon emissions, this goal cannot be reached without much stronger building energy-efficiency standards than we have now. These standards must also reduce and eventually eliminate fossil fuels in the building’s power supply for heat, light and appliances. Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley is trying to effect that change. (And none too soon: Last week, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report warning of catastrophic results by 2040 unless dramatic and unprecedented measures to reduce carbon emissions are taken.) He is working with other council members and advocates to develop regulations and incentives that would move Boston toward a new "net-zero" carbon emissions standard for buildings. Read entire article.