This study aims to investigate the cost of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts’ residential sector by evaluating five heating technologies employed. To that end, the main research question is formulated as follows:
How can Massachusetts mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in the residential sector?
Several sub-questions are further developed to address the numerous facets of such a question:
What is the mitigation potential of each residential heating technology in terms of the quantity of CO2 mitigated? The research question seeks to establish the effectiveness of employing different heating technologies in residential areas to mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases.
What are the life cycle costs for each residential heating technology, including capital, operations, and maintenance costs? The research question examines the overall life-cycle costs incurred in deploying residential heating technology.
What is the cost per ton of the mitigated CO2? The research question undertakes a cost-benefit analysis of deploying technology to mitigate greenhouse emissions in residential sectors.