New York takes steps to combat climate control

A bill has been introduced in New York that will grade buildings in accordance to their energy efficiency.

The Local Law 95, which will take effect at the start of next year, will mean that buildings over 25,000 square feet will now have to make their amount of energy and water usage public knowledge.

It is believed that the new legislation will encourage buildings to improve their energy efficiency standards. The scores will be updated every year, after taking into account any changes made to the structures.

The city of New York has been taking strides towards reducing its environmental impact by implementing a range of strategies. The pressing issue of climate change has long been a problem for the Big Apple, with the buildings reportedly being accountable for 71% of greenhouse gas emissions in the city.

The mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, revealed his plan for a ‘green new deal’ earlier this year, including a proposed ban on glass skyscrapers and fine for high-rises.

The city have also already passed the Climate Mobilization Act, which is made up of a series of bills to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate global warming. The goals include reducing the emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, and 80 per cent by 2050.

As well as this Act, a Zero Waste initiative was also launched - with guidelines encompassing construction waste management, recycling, composting and energy consumption for buildings.

 With reports earlier in the year that London will have a climate similar to Barcelona by 2050, it could be time that cities across the globe begin to follow New York’s example in taking proactive steps against the threat of climate change.

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