As part of cumulative efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions by 2.7 million metric tons, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a series of new energy initiatives for all building types, sizes and uses in New York City. According to the Mayor’s office, buildings account for nearly three-quarters of all emissions in the Big Apple.
- The new proposals fall under One City: Built to Last, a 10-year green building plan designed to reduce private sector building emissions 30 percent by 2025.
- One City: Built to Last is a part of a broader program, OneNYC -- the mayor’s strategy to reduce citywide emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
- NYC is now requiring city-owned buildings to be designed as low energy buildings, and existing requirements for benchmarking, lighting upgrades and sub-metering are expanding.
- Along with other regulations, the city is now requiring stores to improve burner controls for boilers, cover open freezers and refrigerators, seal roof vents and more.