The Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Update builds upon seven years of work in reducing citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Beginning with the 2007 Executive Order, the City of Boston set GHG reduction goals of 25 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050 for municipal operations, and requires the City to plan and prepare for the impacts of climate change. In 2011, the City released A Climate of Progress, Boston's first community-wide plan, which set the same GHG reduction goals for all of Boston, while continuing to prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Boston has made significant progress toward these goals. Citywide, GHG emissions are 17 percent lower than they were in 2005. Emissions from City government operations have been reduced by almost 25 percent since 2005. Meanwhile, it has become increasingly clear that Boston must also prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change.