Cars powered by clean electricity. Buildings that produce as much energy as they consume. A thermostat that knows when you’re not home, and adjusts your heat accordingly. It might sound like science fiction, but these innovations are a reality and they are already helping us fight global warming.
If we take full advantage of these opportunities, we’ll be on the way to cutting carbon emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050.
Environment Massachusetts recently released Cool Solutions, a report identifying the game changers that will help us fight global warming.
As it turns out, Massachusetts-based companies are creating and distributing many of these innovative technologies. Alongside our report, we profiled some of the innovative Massachusetts businesses that are leading the way in cutting carbon emissions while boosting the state’s economy.
Fighting global warming and growing the state’s economy go hand in hand. Here are 10 game-changing opportunities to cut carbon emissions, and the Massachusetts businesses that are leading the way.
If Massachusetts takes full advantage of these innovative opportunities, it will be huge. We can cut our carbon emissions to the level scientists say is necessary to avoid the worst impacts of global warming — and set a good example for other states and countries to follow.
But powerful interests like the fossil fuel industry are standing in the way. They want to keep us hooked on dirty energy for decades to come.
With your support, we can stand up to the special interests and re-power Massachusetts with clean energy.
Together, we can make sure we’re not just imagining the future, but living it.
State Director, Environment Massachusetts
Ben directs Environment Massachusetts’ efforts to promote clean air, clean water, clean energy and open spaces in Massachusetts. In 2016, he launched a campaign to repower Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy. Prior to assuming his current role, Ben led the organization’s effort to get Massachusetts to 20 percent renewable electricity by 2025. His areas of expertise lie in renewable energy and the impacts of fossil fuel pollution, and he has authored reports on clean energy policies at the local, state and federal levels, earning media coverage statewide. Ben lives in Boston, where he enjoys exploring the city on foot, by bike and by public transit.