Residents are on their way to reducing carbon dioxide emissions as part of the goals set in the Climate Action Plan, but Energy Committee Chairman Roger Colton said it isn’t enough. At the special Town Meeting on Nov. 13, Colton proposed four points to help the town reach the standard of lowering CO2 emissions by 80 percent by 2050. This standard was set in 2009 with the passing of the CAP.
Colton noted improvements the town had made since 2009, including creating the Energy Committee and the Belmont Better Homes program. Since 2009, Belmont has claimed the title of the highest percentage of solar paneled roofs in the commonwealth, according to Colton.
One of the improvements is that Belmont has the highest percentage of electric cars in any zip code in Massachusetts. Town Meeting member Mary Ann Kazanjian, Precinct 6, said this stat was a surprise.
“I don’t see that many electric cars around,” Kazanjian said. “But I know my husband is interested [in buying an electric car].” (read more)
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