The City of Cambridge located north of Boston in the USA shares increasing global concerns about climate change and the many challenges it presents. The City has adopted a Climate Protection Action Plan with the goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 and has committed to a range of initiatives to support sustainable lifestyles and move the community toward greater resilience to climate change.
In Cambridge, close to 80% of the greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to result from building operations. So the City has developed a 25-year framework for setting Cambridge on the trajectory to becoming a net zero emissions community, which will require a significant shift in the supply of energy to Cambridge buildings away from fossil fuel based sources and toward low- or zero-carbon sources.
In order for the City to better understand the full potential of renewable energy and low carbon district heating and cooling in Cambridge, the City has commissioned Ramboll with the development of an energy supply strategy to help the City decarbonise its energy supply. Ramboll will study the existing energy use across the city and the sources of supply, look into the possibilities for the future low-carbon supply, assess barriers and suggest ways to overcome them, and create a road map for the City.
“The City selected Ramboll due to our extensive thermal experience from Europe”, says Project Manager Isidore Mc Cormack.
Through the study Ramboll will help the City define:
The contract was signed at a formal ceremony by the City Manager of the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the President and Managing Director for Ramboll Environ USA Thomas Vetrano. Attending the signing were the Crown Prince of Denmark and Denmark’s Minister for Business and Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen.
“This is an exciting win for Ramboll. It will be a door opener to further projects in the US,” says Isidore Mc Cormack.