Madison announces program to reduce commercial building emissions

Satya Rhodes Conway

MADISON, Wis. — The City of Madison unveiled a plan Wednesday to reduce carbon emissions in commercial buildings in the city.

The Building Energy Savings program will help business owners find ways to make their buildings more energy-efficient, including energy benchmarking and tune-ups. The goal is to reach net-zero carbon emissions community-wide by 2050.

“This is an opportunity for Madison’s business community to stand alongside the City,” Alder Tag Evers said. “I encourage all business and community leaders to work with City staff on how to maximize the benefits of this program.”

Energy benchmarking will allow businesses to track usage each year and figure out where energy is being wasted. Officials said the measures can reduce usage by 15% or more.

“Improving energy efficiency is one of the most important things we can all do to combat climate change,” Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said. “We are committed to working with the Madison community to tailor a program for Madison that benefits building owners and tenants.”

The City plans to hold public information meetings about the program as well as workshops over the next two months.