Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Solar - January 6, 2022
New York Sets Plan to Meet Emissions Reduction Goal
New York City has created a plan to meet its target to lower its GHG gas emissions by 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.
The New York City’s Local Law 97 (LL97) Implementation Action Plan was developed by the Willdan Group and recommends specific, scalable steps to achieve the goals set out in the legislation. The city has committed a budget of nearly $4 billion over the next nine years to invest in New York City’s assets, facilities, and energy supply.
Passed in 2019, LL97 mandates near-term greenhouse gas emissions reductions for New York City’s portfolio of government and private buildings, including a requirement that City operations reduce emissions 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030, compared to a 2006 baseline. Willdan worked with the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) to create an action plan to achieve these carbon emissions reduction targets.
The action plan includes the following:
- investments in cost-effective emissions reduction opportunities,
- converting more municipal buildings’ heating to electric power,
- expanded solar installations to generate 100 MW of solar power on City properties annually by 2025,
- 100% renewable electricity to power city government operations by 2026,
- energy and emissions reduction projects at wastewater and water treatment facilities, and
- electric vehicles and renewable fuels for New York City’s vehicle fleet
“The Local Law 97 Implementation Action Plan is the culmination of a year-long effort to outline a path forward for New York City to achieve the ambitious emissions reduction targets mandated by Local Law 97 of 2019,” said Anthony Fiore, Deputy Commissioner for Energy Management at the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services in a statement. “The DCAS Division of Energy Management is grateful to the many stakeholders across the City, including all City agencies and the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Sustainability, for their partnership in this effort.”
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