The Climate Mobilization Act is the largest climate solution put forth by any city in the world. It consists of a slate of climate laws designed to dramatically cut carbon in New York City, including the following.
Local laws 92 and 94 require all new buildings and buildings undergoing major roof renovations to be covered with solar panels, green roofs, or some combination of the two. The laws also require all buildings to reduce urban heat hazards.
Local Law 96 establishes long-term, low-interest Property-Assessed Clean Energy financing to fund upgrades to building energy and water efficiency.
The centerpiece of the Climate Mobilization Act, Local Law 97 requires all buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets.
Executive Order 26 pledges that New York City will commit to the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement, following President Trump's announcement that the United States would withdraw from the accord. Following the Executive Order, New York City published the 1.5 Plan, our roadmap to meeting the Paris Climate Agreement goals.
Local Law 248 requires New York City to create a long-term energy plan in 2019, and every four years after. It also establishes a city energy policy advisory subcommittee.
Local Law 66 of 2014 amends the administrative code of the city of New York and commits to reducing citywide emissions 80% by 2050.
Local Law 84 requires annual benchmarking data to be submitted by owners of buildings with more than 50,000 square feet for public disclosure by May 1. This will bring transparency for energy and water usage and inform building owners and tenants on how to make their buildings more efficient.
No longer exempting renovations affecting less than half of the building system, Local Law 85 (LL85), the second law in the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP), now requires buildings to meet the most current energy code for any renovation or alteration project. LL85's requirement is based on a series of local energy laws, collectively called New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC). NYCECC currently comprises the 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS), Local Law 85 of 2009, Local Law 48 of 2010 and Local Law 1 of 2011.
Local Law 87 requires large buildings to audit, retro-commission, and submit information to the City. The audit and retro-commissioning information includes the following:
In alignment with annual benchmarking, these measures will work to optimize buildings' energy performance.
Local Law 88 requires large non-residential buildings to upgrade lighting to meet current New York City Energy Conservation Code standards, and to install electrical sub-meters for each large non-residential tenant space and provide monthly energy statements.
Local Law 17 of 2008 amends the New York City charter and the administrative code of the city of New York, establishes the requirement for a citywide sustainability plan, and creates the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability.