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NYC Approaches Green Future With New Building Emissions Standards

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Will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades

In conjunction with Earth Day, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a series of new measures for New York City buildings that will help alleviate greenhouse gas emissions, Politico reports.

Part of the mayor's One City: Built to Last program, these new measures will lead to an 80 percent reduction in all emissions by 2050.

Here are some of the specifics of these new mandates:

  • requiring buildings to complete cost-effective, energy conservation measures like improved burner controls for boilers and covering open freezers and refrigerators in retail stores.
  • Large and mid-size buildings will be required to improve their heating systems in the next 10 years.
  • Improve energy efficiency requirements for historic buildings

A full list of the new requirements and measures can be found on the Mayor's Office's website.

The steps will eventually help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2.7 million metric tons, which is the equivalent of getting 560,000 cars off the road. What's more, it will save building owners $900 million in energy costs and create 1,300 construction jobs.

"Cities that lead on climate, lead on buildings," de Blasio said in a press release. "We’ve set bold goals as we take on climate change and a clear path to meet them. The City has been leading the way by greening our own public facilities. Now, these new initiatives will dramatically reduce emissions from New York City’s over one million buildings."

At present, buildings account for nearly three-quarters of all the emissions in the city.