BURLINGTON, VT – The city of Burlington hopes to achieve one of the most ambitious local climate goals in the country by 2030 with a new energy roadmap. The roadmap plans to reduce fossil fuel emissions and eventually eliminate them.
Mayor Weinberger, Burlington Electric’s General Manager and the City’s Director of Sustainability gathered at City Hall along with other stakeholders to announce a new net zero energy roadmap.
“The net zero energy roadmap details the path we must take to get to net zero energy on this timeline a timeline that is driven by the urgency of a crisis. A crisis that we know will have irreversible impacts if we don’t make enormous progress by 2030,” said Mayor Weinberger.
Net zero energy is when the amount of energy used is equal to the amount of renewable energy being created on an annual basis.
Mayor Weinberger believes everyone needs to play a role to reach the goal.
“No matter how pioneering, innovative, and aggressive the city is in achieving our local climate goals to get there will require action and investment in a net zero future by Burlington residents and businesses.”
To reach net zero energy by 2030 officials say the city will need to reduce energy use and increase electrification in buildings and ground transportation.
“To reach this goal by 2030 Burlington households must start considering electrification and efficiency today every time they are making a building, heating, or transportation investment,” said Mayor Weinberger.
The roadmap highlights four main things to get to a net zero energy future.
- Electrifying all buildings
- Switching to electric cars
- Using District Energy
- Using Alternative Energy
Darren Springer, General Manager of Burlington Electric Department said, “Getting weatherization done, adding electrification to our buildings, residence and businesses adding renewable fuels.”
“We will take the waste heat from the new McNeil Biomass plant and using it to heat and provide energy for some of our large customers,” said Springer.
As a part of reaching the goal, Burlington Electric Department is offering a number of incentives.