7.10.20 – Amazon comments on carbon emissions, offers no comment on traffic, jobs or air pollution in NYC

On July 6, I sent the below questions to a spokesperson for Amazon, and followed up on July 9 by sending the questions to the company’s general public relations staff:

I would like to understand the impact of Amazon’s currently operating NYC warehouses and distribution facilities on:
– traffic
– air pollution
– greenhouse gas emissions
– and employment (including worker salaries, hours and benefits)

Specifically, I am requesting a copy of any related research Amazon has compiled on any (or all) of its NYC-based facilities.

On July 10, I received a response on background, meaning that I could summarize the information provided using my own words. The information is attributable to Amazon.

The information mentioned one of Amazon’s facilities in New York City, and also mentioned one NYC-specific delivery initiative (both references are bolded below). Additionally, the information did not address the impact of the company’s NYC facilities on traffic, air pollution, or employment.

Instead, the information focused on Amazon’s overall efforts to cut, and eventually eliminate, its climate emissions.

Information shared by Amazon, as summarized by JVS:   

  • Amazon is committed to sustainability.
  • The company co-founded “The Climate Pledge” in 2019, which is “a commitment to be net zero carbon across our business by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement,” according to the company’s website. (Note: As far as I can tell, this commitment to “net zero carbon” applies to Amazon’s own operations, and does not extend to companies that do business with, or sell products through, Amazon – although the company says it is committed to an ethical and environmentally responsible supply chain.)
  • Amazon intends to power all of its operations with renewable energy by 2025, including fulfillment, sort and distribution centers throughout the United States.
  • Amazon is working to make its buildings energy-efficient, and is working to cut the carbon emitted in the construction of its buildings.
  • The faster a delivery occurs, the less carbon is emitted by that delivery, because the product has been shipped from a local location. The distance between a customer and where a product ships from is the key factor impacting the carbon emissions associated with that delivery. Van deliveries are used for almost all fast deliveries, and these deliveries produce less carbon than airplane flights.
  • Amazon is exploring pedal-assisted bicycle deliveries in New York City. 
  • Amazon has a “Shipment Zero” plan, which is “Amazon’s vision to make 50% of all shipments net zero carbon by 2030,” according to the company’s website.
  • Many Amazon facilities in America, Europe and India receive up to 80 percent of their power from solar arrays built on the site.
  • By 2019, Amazon had installed solar panels on the roofs of 50 of its facilities around the world, and currently has more than 60 rooftop solar arrays in operation globally. This includes Amazon’s fulfillment center in Staten Island. 
  • Amazon runs almost 30 LEED certified buildings throughout the United States, most of which have a Gold or Platinum certification level. Amazon also has more than 20 buildings in Europe that are BREEAM certified.
  • Amazon is part of the Carbon Leadership Forum, which describes itself as a collection of “architects, engineers, contractors, material suppliers, building owners, and policymakers who care about the future and are taking bold steps to decarbonize the built environment, with a keen focus on eliminating embodied carbon from buildings and infrastructure.”
  • In 2019, 42 percent of the energy consumed by Amazon’s business operations came from renewable energy. The company aims to power its business using 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.
  • Amazon runs 91 solar and wind power plants around the world. Collectively, they produce 2,900 megawatts (or 7.6 million megawatt hours) of power, which could power 680,000 households in the United States.

— Posted by JVS on 7.10.20


5.5.20 – “Coronavirus Crash Prompts Renewed Calls for New York Divestment from Fossil Fuels, But Comptroller Stands Pat”

As reported by Gotham Gazette:

The oil and gas industries are experiencing significant upheaval as the coronavirus pandemic decimates economies across the globe. The price of crude oil in the United States temporarily fell below $0 per barrel for the first time ever last month, prompting renewed energy among activists and elected officials in New York who want to rid the state pension fund of all investments in the fossil fuel industry.

But the one person they must convince, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, has remained steadfast that the stocks remain good investments, though he’s made a number of concessions, investing in more renewable energy companies and studying options around divestment.

In recent years, as the threat of climate change becomes evermore urgent and parts of the world have made moves away from fossil fuels, New York State has passed sweeping energy sector reforms and set goals and regulations to transition towards renewable sources of energy. 

But the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the public pension fund for over a million current and retired New York employees, continues to invest heavily in fossil fuel company stocks. Currently worth $210.5 billion, the fund had more than $13 billion invested in fossil fuel companies at the end of March last year, according to an analysis by 350.org, an international climate change advocacy movement that has been at the forefront of the push to get public entities to divest from fossil fuels. The group’s report found that, in the last year, the pension fund has lost more than $1.5 billion in value in its investments in 16 oil and gas companies, a trend that they said is unlikely to be reversed even after the coronavirus pandemic passes…

In recent weeks, activists and elected officials have escalated their push for the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, sponsored by Manhattan State Senator Liz Krueger and Brooklyn Assemblymember Felix Ortiz, both Democrats, that would require the comptroller to divest the pension fund from major oil, gas, and coal production companies over five years.

The New York Youth Climate Leaders, a statewide youth coalition, held a virtual lobby day on April 21 ahead of Earth Day, speaking with nearly 40 members of the Legislature in virtual and phone conferences. They blasted out to lawmakers and on social media a video that features pensioners and high school students supporting the divestment call.   

Both Ortiz and Krueger have pledged to push for the bill’s passage in the limited time remaining in the Legislative session this year, though most legislation has been put on the backburner because of the pressing conditions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak. 

“I think the timing cannot be better in these horrible circumstances,” said Assemblymember Ortiz, in a phone interview, noting that the adverse impacts of climate disproportionately harm communities of color. “A tough time can give us the opportunity to bring vision solutions…I think we need to make sure that we continue to move the ball forward and continue to embrace this conversation.”

Read the full story here.

— Posted by JVS on 5.6.20, backdated to 5.5.20

6.19.19 – UPROSE statement on the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

UPROSE today emailed out the following statement on the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, passed by the New York State Senate:

The NY Renews coalition—a meaningfully diverse group of over 180 environmental, frontline, climate and environmental justice groups—has worked tirelessly for the last five years to draft, push forward and pass the nation’s most ambitious climate justice legislation; The Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA). Although it did not make it through the negotiations process in its original form (it’s now called the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act), it is still an unprecedented and revolutionary climate bill that warrants genuine celebration! Continue reading “6.19.19 – UPROSE statement on the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act”

5.3.19 – Background document: “One NYC 2050: A Livable Climate”

From the document (embedded below, available for download here, and on the city’s website here):

NEW YORK CITY IS COMMITTED TO ACHIEVING CARBON NEUTRALITY BY 2050, AND WILL DO SO IN A JUST AND EQUITABLE WAY. By 2050, New York City will have net-zero GHG emissions citywide. To achieve this, we will reduce our emissions as much as possible and offset our “irreducible emissions,” — those that are not feasible to eliminate — with projects that create negative emissions outside New York City. As detailed in 1.5°C: Aligning New York City with the Paris Climate Agreement, achieving carbon neutrality requires a shift away from fossil fuels. This means receiving electricity that comes from 100 percent clean sources. We will also maximize opportunities for energy efficiency in all buildings, and replace systems that provide heat and hot water for our buildings with efficient electric systems or other GHG-free thermal systems.

Carbon neutrality also requires getting more people out of cars and onto public transit, bikes, or sidewalks, and supporting the transition from gasoline-powered to EVs for remaining vehicles (see more in Efficient Mobility). Additionally, although waste makes up a relatively small portion of our total GHG emissions, carbon neutrality necessitates New York City achieving zero waste. It also requires investment in natural spaces that can act as carbon sinks within the city, the region, and globally to accelerate emissions reductions and address the sources of emissions that cannot be eliminated with technology. And although many of the technologies to make the shift to carbon neutrality already exist today, we will need lower-cost and more-efficient technologies for everything from air-source heat pumps to electric buses.

As we chart the steps needed to achieve carbon neutrality, we must ensure the transition is fair and equitable in terms of the cost and burden to people and communities, and that we create good-paying jobs and continue to support the economic vitality that enables us to make our city strong and fair. The City will have to act both inside our borders and at the state, regional, and federal levels. We must inspire all New Yorkers to participate in this ambitious, once-in-a-generation commitment in order to ensure a livable climate and a better future.

— Posted by JVS on 5.3.19

4.14.19 – Background: 2018 report found that 2% of city’s buildings cause 50% of NYC’s GHG emissions

The below report, “New York’s Dirtiest,” was issued in 2018 by We Act for Environmental Justice, Working Families, the People’s Climate Movement NY, Align, and New York Communities for Change.

The report’s key finding:

“Using public data and sources, this report documents the city’s worst polluters, which include well-known buildings such as Trump Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower; the Kushner-owned building at 666 Fifth Ave; One 57 on “billionaire’s row”; and the luxury building at 15 Central Park West. These are examples of large buildings over 50,000 square feet that while only 2% of the city’s buildings, collectively cause about half of the city’s climate pollution.” 

— Posted by JVS on 4.14.19

12.28.18 – December statements from Gov. Cuomo re: NY State carbon and renewable energy goals

As reported by Utility Drive on 12.18.18: 

From a 12.17.18 press release put out by Gov. Cuomo’s office:

In the face of the federal government’s assault on New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today unveiled his “2019 Justice Agenda,” urging the legislature to act in the first 100 days of the next legislative session. The Governor’s agenda represents a suite of ambitious proposals to ensure the promise of full, true justice for all, including economic justice, social justice, racial justice…

Launch a $150 Billion Infrastructure Plan: While the federal government fails to make progress on an infrastructure plan, Governor Cuomo will expand on New York’s nation-leading $100 billion infrastructure plan — building new airports, bridges and train stations all across the state — by investing an additional $150 billion in our infrastructure that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs…

Launch the Green New Deal: The federal government still denies climate change, remarkably turning a blind eye to their own government’s scientific report. New York will be the most progressive state in the nation in moving to renewables and growing the new sustainable green economy. The Green New Deal will make New York’s electricity 100% carbon neutral by 2040 and put the state on the path to eliminating its carbon footprint. 

From a 12.17.18 press release from the Solar Energy Industries Association: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. and ALBANY, N.Y. – Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commended New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for pledging to move New York to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040, which he announced in a speech on his early 2019 policy agenda.

Following is a statement by Sean Gallagher, SEIA’s Vice President of State Affairs: 

“Governor Cuomo’s commitment to move New York to 100 percent carbon-free electricity is historic, and will cement New York’s place among America’s clean energy leaders. This plan can bring massive economic and environmental benefits to communities throughout the state, spurring many new, well-paying jobs and cleaner air.

“We look forward to working with the Cuomo Administration to craft the near-term plan for reaching this long-term goal. Specific examples include doubling down on solar and committing to obtaining 6 gigawatts of solar by 2023, establishing strong policies in the ongoing Value of Distributed Energy Resources case and bringing more large-scale solar to New York.”

— Posted by JVS on 12.28.18

10.16.18 – Background: Climate and Community Protection Act; Climate and Community Investment Act

NY Renews describes itself as, “a coalition of more than 140 grassroots, state, and national organizations.” According to its website, the coalition’s goal is “to make New York State the nation’s leader in tackling the climate crisis while protecting workers and lifting up communities.”

The coalition is behind two legislative initiatives: the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA), which has passed the New York State Assembly three times, and the Climate and Community Investment Act (CCIA), which is still being crafted.

NY Renews describes the CCPA on its website this way:

The Climate and Community Protection Act, described by Heather McGhee and Robert Reich in The Nation as “the most progressive climate-equity policy we’ve seen,” sets a path to the highest standard nationwide for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions – 100% of human-caused climate pollution eliminated by 2050 from all sectors.

The bill not only mandates an economy-wide shift to renewable energy, but also defines equity provisions which prioritize existing and future resources towards vulnerable, impacted, historically disadvantaged and front line communities, and establishes specific supports for workers.

NY Renews says its other bill, the CCIA, is being designed to “help fund the transition to a renewable energy economy by making polluters pay for the damage they’re doing to our climate and our communities.” Specifically, the legislation would “levy a gradually increasing fee on pollution that warms our climate and makes people sick.” The revenue would be invested in four areas: Continue reading “10.16.18 – Background: Climate and Community Protection Act; Climate and Community Investment Act”

10.8.18 – Key findings from the IPCC report on climate change

Here is the IPCC’s latest report on climate change, issued on 10.7.18. Key takeaways are in the document below. Among them (in italics):

A1. Human activities are estimated to have caused approximately 1.0°C of global warming above pre-industrial levels, with a likely range of 0.8°C to 1.2°C. Global warming is likely to reach 1.5°C between 2030 and 2052 if it continues to increase at the current rate (high confidence)…

C1. In model pathways with no or limited overshoot of 1.5°C, global net anthropogenic CO2 emissions decline by about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 (40– 60% interquartile range), reaching net zero around 2050 (2045–2055 interquartile range). For limiting global warming to below 2°C, CO2 emissions are projected to decline by about 20% by 2030 in most pathways (10–30% interquartile range) and reach net zero around 2075 (2065–2080 interquartile range). Non-CO2 emissions in pathways that limit global warming to 1.5°C show deep reductions that are similar to those in pathways limiting warming to 2°C (high confidence)…

C2. Pathways limiting global warming to 1.5°C with no or limited overshoot would require rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy, land, urban and infrastructure including transport and buildings), and industrial systems (high confidence). These systems transitions are unprecedented in terms of scale, but not necessarily in terms of speed, and imply deep emissions reductions in all sectors, a wide portfolio of mitigation options and a significant upscaling of investments in those options (medium confidence)…

D5. Limiting the risks from global warming of 1.5°C in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication implies system transitions that can be enabled by an increase of adaptation and mitigation investments, policy instruments, the acceleration of technological innovation and behaviour changes (high confidence).

D6. Sustainable development supports, and often enables, the fundamental societal and systems transitions and transformations that help limit global warming to 1.5°C. Such changes facilitate the pursuit of climate-resilient development pathways that achieve ambitious mitigation and adaptation in conjunction with poverty eradication and efforts to reduce inequalities (high confidence).

D7. Strengthening the capacities for climate action of national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities can support the implementation of ambitious actions implied by limiting global warming to 1.5°C (high confidence). International cooperation can provide an enabling environment for this to be achieved in all countries and for all people, in the context of sustainable development. International cooperation is a critical enabler for developing countries and vulnerable regions (high confidence).

— Posted by JVS on 10.8.18

8.12.18 – NYC/NY State climate change mitigation and green energy plans and data

Here are a few plans and documents released in recent years related to New York City and New York State’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

(1) 2016: Deadline 2020: How Cities Will Get The Job Done

From the executive summary:

A routemap to turn the aspirations of the Paris Agreement into reality
The Paris Agreement commits signatories to “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.” So what does limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees really mean? While nations consider their options, this report, Deadline 2020, presents a detailed pathway of what C40 cities’ need to do to play their part in converting the COP21 Paris Agreement from aspiration into reality. Research and analysis for this report has identified C40 cities’ share of the remaining global carbon budgets to 2100, for 1.5 and 2 degree temperature rise scenarios. Target emissions trajectories have been established for 84II individual member cities that enable these budgets to be met. The work outlines some of the city-specific action pathways necessary to meet the target trajectories, laying out clearly the pace, scale and prioritisation of action needed between now and the end of the century. The analysis will be provided to C40 members and will be the basis for discussion about future C40 action.

Deadline 2020: four years to get on track
The overriding and deeply significant finding of the work is that the next 4 years will determine whether or not the world’s megacities can deliver their part of the ambition of the Paris Agreement. Without action by cities the Paris Agreement can not realistically be delivered. The business-as-usual path of C40 cities’ emissions needs to ‘bend’ from an increase of 35% by 2020, to peak at only a further 5% higher than current emissions. This “bending of the curve” is required now to ensure that in the coming decades the necessary reductions remain feasible, given that actions can take many years to mature and reach full scale.

Contraction and convergence
To remain within a 1.5 degree temperature rise, average per capita emissions across C40 cities need to drop from over 5tCO2e per capita today to around 2.9tCO2e per capita by 2030. For wealthier, high emitting cities that means an immediate and steep decline. Many fast developing cities can maintain their current levels for up to a decade, and in a small number of cases there is some scope for emissions per person to rise slightly before they eventually fall to zero. But every city needs to diverge considerably from its current business as usual pathway.

Cities are critical to delivering a climate safe future
Over half the emissions savings identified in this routemap can be delivered directly or through collaboration by C40 city governments. If the action pathway outlined in this document is pioneered by C40 cities, and then adopted by cities globally, action within urban areas would deliver around 40% of the savings needed to achieve the ambition of the Paris Agreement. Cities are therefore critical to delivering a climate safe future.


(2) August, 2016: “Governor Cuomo Announces Establishment of Clean Energy Standard that Mandates 50 Percent Renewables by 2030

From the press release:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the New York State Public Service Commission’s approval of New York’s Clean Energy Standard, the most comprehensive and ambitious clean energy mandate in the state’s history, to fight climate change, reduce harmful air pollution, and ensure a diverse and reliable energy supply. The Clean Energy Standard will require 50 percent of New York’s electricity to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030, with an aggressive phase in schedule over the next several years. In its initial phase, utilities and other energy suppliers will be required to procure and phase in new renewable power resources starting with 26.31 percent of the state’s total electricity load in 2017 and grow to 30.54 percent of the statewide total in 2021. The Clean Energy Standard will cost less than $2 a month to the average residential customer’s bill…

By 2030, the 50 percent renewable mandate will be a critical component in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent (from 1990 levels) and by 80 percent by 2050.

The Clean Energy Standard will be enforced by requiring utilities and other energy suppliers to obtain a targeted number of Renewable Energy Credits each year. These credits will be paid to renewable developers to help finance new renewable energy sources that will be added to the electric grid.

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(3) September, 2016: New York City’s Roadmap to 80×50

From the executive summary:

In September 2014, New York City committed itself to 80 x 50, with an interim target to reduce GHG emissions 40 percent by 2030 (40 x 30), and took immediate steps to achieve that goal. We committed billions of dollars to reduce our own carbon footprint with investments in energy efficiency for municipal buildings. We followed that up with the release of One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City (OneNYC) in April 2015, laying the blueprint for inclusive climate action that works for all New Yorkers across four key visions of Growth, Equity, Sustainability, and Resiliency. In OneNYC, we expanded our commitment to 80 x 50 with new investments in renewable energy, electric vehicles, and solid waste management that are improving air quality across the city and catalyzing an important shift away from fossil fuel-based sources of energy. With New York City’s Roadmap to 80 x 50, the City is laying out a comprehensive report, based on the best available science and state-ofthe-art GHG emissions modeling, to assess what will be necessary to reach 80 x 50, and to promote economic opportunities that come from the investments that will be required.

Also from the report:

The Roadmap to 80 x 50
We now know what it takes to achieve 80 x 50. The City must accelerate efforts to make buildings and vehicles significantly more energy efficient, replace many fossil fuel-based heating and hot water systems in buildings with renewable or high efficiency electric systems, transition towards a renewables-based electric grid, significantly reduce the number of miles driven while transitioning remaining vehicle trips to electric and clean fuel vehicles, and achieve the goal of Zero Waste to landfills. The technologies necessary to shift away from fossil fuels and reduce waste-related emissions exist today. However, bold action is necessary from all levels of government and the private sector to make the investments, develop new regulatory frameworks, and drive institutional and societal changes necessary to achieve 80 x 50.

Proposed emissions reductions (p.11):

Image from Roadmap document

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(4) April, 2017: Inventory of New York City Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

From the report:

In 2015, New York City buildings were responsible for 67 percent of citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the use of natural gas, electricity, heating oil, steam, and biofuel. The transportation sector accounted for 30 percent and the remaining GHG emissions stem largely from fugitive emissions released from landfills and wastewater treatment plants…

Since 2005, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have decreased in New York City citywide by approximately 14.8 percent despite significant increases in New York City’s population and economic activity (see Figure 2). New York City’s per capita GHG emissions in 2015 was an average of 6.1 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) emissions per capita, significantly lower than the American average of 19 tCO2e per capita. In the first nine years of tracking the city’s emissions, cleaner and more efficient electricity generation was the most significant driver behind GHG emission reductions.

Figure 3 below shows citywide annual GHG emissions from 2005 to 2015, by sectors, as
defined by the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC). GHG emissions both citywide and in City government have decreased significantly in comparison to the base years (2005 and Fiscal Year 2006, respectively). In the first five years of tracking the city’s emissions, the most significant driver behind GHG emissions reductions was the switching of the fuel source for electricity generation from coal to natural gas – a less carbon-intensive energy source; and the construction of new natural gas power plants of higher efficiency.

NYC greenhouse gas emissions, 2005-2015

Also from the report (p. 19):

NYC citywide emissions by source

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(5) June, 2017: Bill de Blasio signed Executive Order 26

From the Executive Order:

To protect our residents and all human beings from the effects of climate change, New York City will adopt the principles and goals of the Paris Agreement to deliver climate actions that are consistent with or greater than its own commitments to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 and that support the critical goal of holding the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as set forth in the Paris Agreement, which entered into force on Nov. 4, 2016…

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(5) September, 2017: 1.5 degrees C: Aligning New York City with the Paris Climate Agreement 

From the introduction:

In 2014, the City of New York (the City) committed to reducing its GHG emissions 80 percent by 2050, compared to 2005 levels (80 x 50). The City’s 2016 report, New York City’s Roadmap to 80 x 50, used the best available science and state-of the-art analysis to identify strategies in the buildings, energy, waste, and transportation sectors that would achieve 80 x 50 based on current technology.

NYC’s progress toward 80 x 50 continues: our air is cleaner, our energy is greener, and we are sending less waste to landfills. Meeting the global carbon budget to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius requires that the City implement a priority subset of its 80 x 50 strategies by 2020 in order to accelerate GHG reductions. This plan clearly lays out the pace, scale, and impact of actions across the built environment that are necessary to bring NYC’s actions in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree Celsius outcome — and commits the City to lead in the development of a global protocol for carbon neutrality.

Equity and climate change are inexorably linked. While climate change affects everyone, its impacts are not equally shared. Simply put, the poorest and most vulnerable are the hardest hit. Therefore, the work to reduce GHG emissions must address economic and social inequities. This plan assesses near-term actions for their impacts and benefits, such as improved local air quality, preservation of housing affordability, and increased access to transportation and resources. The City will continue to incorporate equity in its climate policies and programs to achieve more environmentally and economically just outcomes for all New Yorkers.

Achieving the City’s climate objectives is no easy task and will require active participation by New Yorkers to transform the buildings we live in, the places we work, the ways we travel, and the goods we consume. The City must prioritize resources, policies, and programs that facilitate this transition.

A chart from the report (p. 7):

1.5 c report image

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(6) April, 2018: “Governor Cuomo Announces New Energy Efficiency Target to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Combat Climate Change” 

From the press release:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an ambitious acceleration of energy efficiency in New York, including a comprehensive plan to achieve a new target for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions, decrease consumer energy costs and create job opportunities.  Meeting the new energy efficiency target will deliver nearly one third of the greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed to meet New York’s climate goal of 40 percent reduction by 2030. This announcement is part of the Governor’s State of the State proposal to develop a milestone Earth Day energy efficiency target and comprehensive strategy…

Statewide, New Yorkers pay about $35 billion annually for electricity and heating fuels, and buildings are responsible for 59 percent of statewide greenhouse gas emissions. The new 2025 energy efficiency target will cut emissions and energy costs by incentivizing building developers, commercial and institutional building owners, and residential households to pursue building improvements to reduce energy consumption by 185 trillion BTUs (British thermal units) below forecasted energy use in 2025, the equivalent to energy consumed by 1.8 million New York homes. Meeting the target will accelerate achievement of energy efficiency in the next 7 years by more than 40 percent over the current path. The new energy efficiency target will not only save substantial heating fuels but will set New York State on a path to achieve annual electric efficiency savings of 3 percent of investor-owned utility sales in 2025.

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— Posted by JVS on 8.12.18