What is the Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Warrant Article #5?
This proposed bylaw prohibits installation of new fossil fuel piping in new construction and significant rehabilitation projects.
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**The Town of Arlington’s Clean Energy Future Committee has officially filed Warrant Article #5 on the Meeting Warrant for Town Meeting beginning November 2020.**
Why is this important?
The town of Arlington has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. This step is necessary to reach our goal. In fact, according to one report, Massachusetts will have to decarbonize 25,000-45,000 buildings per year to achieve 80% reduction in emissions by 2050.
It isn’t practical to install systems that we know will soon need to be ripped out.
What are the costs?
This bylaw is essentially cost-neutral. Building all-electric is comparable to building with gas.
Exemptions to the bylaw include:
- Emergency generators
- Large building central hot water
Waivers and appeals process are available for all projects.
How you can help
Come to the town meeting where this will be voted on, to show your support! (Meeting date to be announced)
Consider how you can personally make the transition to renewable energy. Refer to SustainableArlington’s list of resources to help you get started.
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