New York City’s Green New Deal …. their hard work tonight — and every New Yorker for responding to the black out with that trademark NYC grit and
In 2050, New York City is prepared for a changing climate, and is no longer reliant on fossil fuels.
Buildings, transportation, and our economy are powered by renewable energy — wind, solar, and hydropower — through a modern, fully electric grid. We can’t avoid every impact of climate change, but our infrastructure, public services, and residents are protected from the ravages of extreme weather. Every New Yorker benefits from these changes, which were undertaken in a fair way, and our adapted city is a model for the world to follow.
Roads and rail lines, tunnels and bridges, our water supply and our electric grid are ready for the demands of a growing, thriving city. Strategic investment and capital planning policies mean infrastructure projects are delivered on budget and on time, and new digital infrastructure gives New Yorkers equal access to the digital world. Millions of New Yorkers bike, run, and relax along miles of waterfront parks, which also function as a barrier to coastal flooding.
New York to Approve One of the World’s Most Ambitious Climate Plans
June 18, 2019
The state would pledge to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with all its electricity coming from carbon-free sources.
The size of each file is indicated in brackets. All documents are in ‘pdf’ format and require Adobe Reader.
- Cover (PDF) (1 page, 191 KB)
- Photo Credit (PDF) (1 page, 56 KB)
- Members of the New York State Climate Action Council (PDF) (1 page, 78 KB)
- Executive Summary (PDF) (6 pages, 652 KB)
- Overview (PDF) (53 pages, 3.1 MB]
- Chapter 1. (PDF) Background (9 pages, 280 KB)
- Chapter 2. (PDF) Climate Projections and Vulnerabilities (24 pages, 2.4 MB)
- Chapter 3. (PDF) Inventory and Forecast of New York State’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions (15 pages, 407 KB)
- Chapter 4. (PDF) Envisioning a Low-Carbon Future – 2050 (7 pages, 266 KB)
- Chapter 5. (PDF) Overview of Mitigation Policy Development (13 pages, 397 KB)
- Chapter 6. (PDF) Residential, Commercial/Institutional and Industrial Mitigation (34 pages, 470 KB)
- Chapter 7. (PDF) Transportation and Land Use Mitigation (33 pages, 533 KB)
- Chapter 8. (PDF) Power Supply and Delivery Mitigation (30 pages, 699 KB)
- Chapter 9. (PDF) Agriculture, Forestry, and Waste Management Mitigation (27 pages, 430 KB)
- Chapter 10. (PDF) Research and Development Needs to Achieve a Low-Carbon Economy (26 pages, 323 KB)
- Chapter 11. (PDF) Adapting to Climate Change (86 pages, 578 KB)
- Chapter 12. (PDF) Multi-Sector Policies and Issues (12 pages, 235 KB)
- Chapter 13. (PDF) Stimulating a Clean Energy Economy in New York (23 pages, 553 KB)
- Chapter 14. (PDF) National and Regional Action and Coordination (18 pages, 235 KB)
- Chapter 15. (PDF) Acronyms and Abbreviations (6 pages, 164 KB)
- A. Executive Order Establishing the New York Climate Action Council (PDF) (4 pages, 115 KB)
- B. Description of New York State Climate Action Council Process (PDF) (7 pages, 166 kb]
- C. Members of the Integration Advisory Panel and Technical Work Groups (PDF) (7 pages, 139 KB)
- D. Overview of Current New York State Climate and Energy Policies (PDF) (4 pages, 122 KB)
- E. Methods for Quantification (PDF) (38 pages, 476 KB)
- F. 2050 Visioning: Brookhaven National Laboratory Report (PDF) (43 pages, 646 KB)
- G. Electric Vehicle Workgroup Report (PDF) (11 pages, 231 KB)
- H. ClimAID Summary Report (58 pages, 5.7 MB) (Note: This appendix originally linked to the draft report dated November 11, 2010. This report Responding to Climate Change in New York was finalized in November, 2011 and can be viewed at the NYSERDA link on right)
- Interim Report Executive Summary and Overview (PDF) (59 pages, 4.0 MB)
- Interim Report Part 1 (PDF)– Cover, Introductory Sections and Chapters 1 – 15 (428 pages, 11.8 MB)
- Interim Report Part 2 (PDF) – Appendices A through H (215 pages, 8.0 MB) (Note: Part 2 includes the original draft ClimAID Summary Report dated Novemer 11, 2010)
- Adaptation Technical Work Group Recommendations (PDF) (144 pages, 919 KB)
- New law aims for 40% cut by 2030
- Buildings account for 67% of city’s climate change emissions
New York City has approved an ambitious plan to combat climate change by forcing thousands of large buildings to slash their greenhouse gas emissions.
The legislation passed on Thursday by the city council puts caps on carbon emissions for buildings over 25,000 sq ft – requiring a 40% overall cut in their emissions by 2030.
The mandates, touted as a local version of the Green New Deal embraced by many progressive Democrats, will apply to 50,000 buildings – from buildings with a few dozen apartments to Trump Tower, the president’s Fifth Avenue skyscraper which advocates have targeted as a major polluter.
“It will be the largest emissions reduction policy ever, in any city,” said the city councilman Costa Constantinides, who spearheaded the bills.
The law puts caps on how many tons of carbon a building may produce per square foot, with different limits for residential, commercial and industrial buildings.
To reach them, many buildings will have to replace heating or air conditioning systems with more efficient models or put in better insulation and windows. Or, they can use electricity from clean sources like solar and hydropower, which will not produce emissions.
It is an attempt to tackle the biggest source of greenhouse gas in New York, where buildings account for about 67% of emissions.
Real estate owners have opposed the plan, calling it too costly and too riddled with exceptions to be effective.