NYC Climate Mobilization Act

What is it?

On April 18, 2019, the Climate Mobilization Act was passed in the hope of reducing New York City’s built environment gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.  New York City is calling this the “Green New Deal”, the law will take full effect in 2024.

Annual energy and water benchmarking data is required for these buildings in order to assess their usage levels.  The NYC Local Laws such as: Local Law 133, Local Law 84 and Local Law 87 (which had become pillars throughout the country) have been put in place to audit these levels of usage for the past years.  The NYC Climate Mobilization Act is the aggressive action of passive results to make a change.

For those structures that can’t be brought up to code on schedule, their owners can offset a portion of their emissions by purchasing renewable energy credits.  If an owner still isn’t in compliance, they can be hit with an ongoing fines based on their actual emissions versus the cap.

The Climate Mobilization Act FAQs issued by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability provides in-depth guidance and understanding of how these laws will affect building owners and residents.

 

 

How much do NYC buildings waste?

According to the Urban Green Council, NYC produces 50 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, and buildings account for approximately 67 percent of that—meaning buildings over 25,000 square feet produce 35 percent, or about 13 million tons of carbon dioxide a year.

— That’s a lot.

How do buildings waste energy?

 

  • Lighting
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Inefficient Equipment
  • Leaky envelopes

 

 

Benefits:

 

  • Job opportunities for clean energy industries
  • Decrease in carbon emissions
  • Sustainable environment
  • Green solutions
  • Cleaner NYC

 

Concerns:

 

  • Expense to building owners
  • Tenant retention
  • Time & effort
  • Annual violations
  • Replace coal, oil, & natural gas (electricity & transportation)

Sustainable Consulting

 

The Cotocon Group is an impartial third party consulting firm that specializes in helping you optimize your energy consumption while reducing your energy costs.  We are energy management specialists who have extensive expertise in large-scale contracting and construction.  In addition, because we have a clear understanding of the financial benefits of energy efficiency.  We stand out as a leader in the green building community.  Our team consists of Architects, Engineers, Certified Energy Managers, Certified Building Commissioning Professionals, and LEED Accredited Professionals. Our company is here to help benchmark, audit and get your building up to compliance with NYC regulations.  Call us for more information, (212) 889-6566

 

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