Climate - State of the City 2020

State of the City 2020
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Save Our Future

Climate change is real. And if we don’t act now, our kids will grow up in a world that’s less livable and more dangerous. New York City isn’t waiting. We are implementing a Green New Deal. We’re the first city in the world to require big buildings – our number-one source of greenhouse gases – to cut their emissions. Now we are launching a second wave of the Green New Deal that will green our energy, cut vehicle emissions and ban more wasteful plastics – all so the nation’s largest city can become carbon neutral.

Major Wind Investment

Off-shore wind is coming to our region. To accelerate its growth, with our New York State and Empire Wind partners, we will equip the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in Sunset Park as a new hub for staging, installing and operating turbines across the tri-state area. We’ll create 500 green jobs and support clean wind power that would reduce emissions equivalent to taking 200,000 cars off the road.

Double Solar Power

Solar power saves homeowners money on their electric bills, but the up-front costs continue to hold people back from installing rooftop solar panels. New York City will launch a new program to defray those upfront costs, letting homeowners pay for them over years out of the savings on their energy bills. We can help install solar panels on 50,000 one-to-four family homes, doubling the amount of solar power produced in New York City and creating 5,000 green jobs.

Bring Hydro to NYC

This year, we will secure an agreement to bring more zero-emission hydropower to New York City, which will help run City government operations on 100 percent renewable energy.

Ending Unnecessary Single-use Plastic Bottles

New York City government has already slashed its use of single use plastic, cutting plastic straws and cutlery from every city location, from schools to hospitals. Now, we will end the purchase of unnecessary single-use plastic bottles and restrict the sale of single-use plastic bottles on City property.

Make ALL City Vehicles Electric

The City will rapidly convert or replace thousands of cars, trucks and buses to operate on electric power. By 2025, 4,000 vehicles will be replaced or converted to electric, and by 2040, we will work to make the entire City fleet – every garbage truck, every ferry, every ambulance and every police cruiser – fully electric. The first electric school buses will hit the streets this year.

End the use of Fossil Fuels, including Natural Gas

By 2040, we still stop using natural gas and other fossil fuels in large building systems in New York City, starting in government buildings. This will accelerate the transition to clean heat and very low emissions buildings across the five boroughs.  We will work with lawmakers to ensure that new permits for building systems are aligned with our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

Stop New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

We face a clear climate emergency caused by burning fossil fuels. New York City’s future depends on renewable energy and breaking our fossil fuel addiction. So we’re not just divesting billions from coal and oil companies – we will stop any new infrastructure, such as power plant expansions, pipelines, or terminals that expands the supply of fossil fuels in our city.