NYC Commits to Reduce Emissions 80% by 2050Sustainable Brands, September 25, 2014
In the spirit of this week, which has seen global leaders convening in New York City for the UN Climate Summit and more than 400,000 citizens filling the City’s streets for the People’s Climate March, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio has committed to reducing the City’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by a whopping 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels with plans to renovate its public and private buildings.
Roughly 75 percent of the city’s energy consumption is a result of heating, cooling and operations, meaning substantial reductions can be made by targeting the efficiency of the city’s buildings. All municipal buildings that consume a significant amount of energy (amounting to about 3,000 constructions) will be involved in a new 10-year plan to improve their efficiency by 2025. NYC has plans to incentivize emissions reduction for private landlords, with mandates to follow.