New York City Takes a Tremendous Leap Forward in the Fight Against Climate Change

New York, N.Y. – The New York City Council today passed the Climate Mobilization Act, which includes various pieces of legislation that fight climate change. One of those measures, Int. No. 1253-C, will require most buildings over 25,000 square feet to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by implementing energy efficiency upgrades and taking other clean energy steps (many beginning in 2024).

Also passed was Int. No. 1252-A, which will establish a New York City commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, allowing New York City building owners to access a valuable tool by which they can finance energy efficiency retrofits and other clean energy measures through an assessment placed on their property tax bills.

Both pieces of legislation will play an important role in the city achieving its 40 x ‘30 and 80 x ‘50 greenhouse gas reduction goals. 

A statement follows from Donna De Costanzo, Director, Eastern Region, Climate and Clean Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):

“As the Trump administration escalates its assault on environmental protections, our cities and states are assuming the mantle of leadership. New York City is taking critical climate action with the passage of bold legislation that requires buildings to significantly curb their greenhouse gas emissions and also creates a finance tool to help these buildings bolster energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy. With buildings being the city’s biggest source of carbon pollution, these bills are essential to help meet the city’s climate goals and transition off dirty fossil fuels.”


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