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Workshop 1: Newmarket and policy-makers briefing


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Workshop 1: Newmarket and policy-makers briefing

  1. 1. Sustaining the wealth of Boston’s industry BOSTON’S EMERGING ECO-INDUSTRIAL ZONE IN NEWMARKET
  2. 2. <ul><li>Major commercial and industrial wholesale district in Boston </li></ul><ul><li>Over 500 employers with more than 11,000 employees in the district </li></ul><ul><li>Generates over $3 billion in sales every year </li></ul>NEWMARKET & Boston Introduction to Newmarket
  3. 3. OUR SHARED VISION- Why are we here? <ul><li>EPA provided seed funding to develop Newmarket as an “integrated eco-industrial zone” </li></ul><ul><li>We aim to develop Newmarket as a “laboratory” to pilot cleantech projects and programs </li></ul><ul><li>We want to collaborate with leading policy-makers to develop a vibrant urban sustainability model for C&I businesses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Partner with existing programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage funding and resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pilot new, innovative ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purpose of today’s workshop: To explore how we can we best collaborate… </li></ul>
  4. 4. OUR SHARED VISION- EPA & Sustainable Skylines Grant <ul><li>Identify cost-effective strategies to advance programming and polices, especially for: </li></ul>Stationary & Area Sources Energy & Climate Diesel Engines Green Building & Development Off-Road Sources Land Use & Trans. Strategies
  5. 5. OUR SHARED VISION- Outcomes of the Newmarket eco-industrial zone <ul><li>Develop strategy and implement feasibility studies that: </li></ul><ul><li>Achieve immediate cost savings for businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Increase business innovation and access to new market opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage federal, state, local, utility and business resources </li></ul><ul><li>Mitigate regulatory risk </li></ul><ul><li>Engage community members </li></ul>
  6. 6. Newmarket Eco-industrial Strategy Development WS 2: Resource Providers & Policy-makers WS 1: Council of Champions WS 3: All Stakeholders WS 4: All Stakeholders <ul><li>Short-medium term Newmarket solutions, </li></ul><ul><li>Online wiki & long-term eco-industrial strategy, </li></ul><ul><li>Project implementation, </li></ul><ul><li>Additional resources </li></ul>Interviews & Outreach <ul><li>WS 3: Businesses present needs to policymakers and resource providers </li></ul><ul><li>ID potential projects </li></ul><ul><li>discuss strategy options </li></ul><ul><li>WS 4: Present final strategy and project proposals </li></ul><ul><li>secure consensus and commitments </li></ul><ul><li>WS 1 & 2: Review business drivers and potential resources </li></ul><ul><li>establish goals & expectations </li></ul><ul><li>brainstorm issues & options </li></ul><ul><li>determine next steps </li></ul><ul><li>Planning: Interview business leaders to discuss business drivers and challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Form Council of Champions </li></ul><ul><li>Form Policy-committee members </li></ul>Outcomes: Newmarket eco-industrial zone
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  8. 8. <ul><li>Small businesses report that “the most significant challenge they face is the financial impact of rising energy costs ” </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately a third of businesses indicated some interest in energy efficiency and/or waste management trainings </li></ul>WHY NEWMARKET- Mitigate risings costs of energy and waste management Source: UMass Donahue Institute, 2008
  9. 9. WHY NEWMARKET- Energy Use
  10. 10. WHY NEWMARKET- Waste Production <ul><li>Initial analyses indicate Newmarket generates 27,000 tons of organic waste per year </li></ul><ul><li>This is enough feedstock to support an anaerobic digester in the district. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Carver, L. et al. (2009). “Wind & Waste.” </li></ul>
  11. 11. WHY NEWMARKET- Improve air quality and transportation options <ul><li>High volume of wholesale/distribution trucks making deliveries/pick-ups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 100 diesel trucks garaged in Newmarket in 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High auto commuter rates for business employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employer assistance for commuting options is infrequent, especially as many businesses begin their shifts before public transportation is operational. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. WHY NEWMARKET- Solar Potential <ul><li>Exception </li></ul><ul><ul><li>170 kW array on the South Bay Stop & Shop </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many large roofs, but few solar or other renewable energy installations </li></ul>South Bay Stop & Shop
  13. 13. FEASIBILITY STUDIES- Energy Efficiency? <ul><li>Objective : increase energy efficiency and operational cost savings for businesses in the district </li></ul>Approach : assist utilities in expediting EE assessment intake process by aggregating and expanding outreach to small commercial and industrial customers in Newmarket Results : achieve significant operational cost savings (1-3 year payback); lower energy-related GHG emissions from the district
  14. 14. FEASIBILITY STUDIES- Pilot EV infrastructure for Newmarket vehicles? <ul><li>Objective : encourage transition from diesel to low-emission EV vehicles for Newmarket businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Approach : pilot installation of EV charging stations in parking garages, general use lots, and loading areas; couple with grant programs to encourage EV trucking/vehicle purchases </li></ul><ul><li>Results : reduce energy use and improve air quality in Newmarket; improve environmental image of companies </li></ul>
  15. 15. FEASIBILITY STUDIES- District-scale/Community Renewables? <ul><li>Objective : encourage businesses to transition to renewable energy sources; drive down costs of RE installations through economies of scale </li></ul>Approach : pilot a community financed renewable installation or aggregate renewable installations to achieve economies of scale Results : reduce operational energy costs and/or provide long-term energy hedge; improve environmental image of companies
  16. 16. NEXT STEPS <ul><li>What are the best opportunities? </li></ul><ul><li>What funding and resources do we collectively bring to the table? </li></ul><ul><li>How should we prioritize opportunities? </li></ul>