New York City launches first Paris-compliant low carbon plan

New York City, a member of the C40 group of world cities has published its programme of emissions reductions actions make the City compliant with the global l.5° C warming target over the next 3 years.

The plan lists actions the City will take in the next three years to accelerate greenhouse gas (GHG)  reductions and put the city on a path to deep de-carbonization. This is the first Paris Agreement-compliant plan from any city in the world.

Actions prioritise energy, transportation, building, and waste sectors by 2020. The potential for GHG reduction of all the quantified actions in the report is 10 million metric tons of C02e – or the equivalent of taking more than 2 million cars off the road by 2030.

“Big problems require big solutions – and New Yorkers are already hard at work to meet the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement,” said Mayor de Blasio. “In the Trump era, cities have to lead the way when it comes to fighting climate change. Hotter summers and powerful storms made worse by climate change are an existential threat to a coastal city like ours, which is why we need to act now.”

The citywide action plan, builds on announcements made earlier this month to mandate cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from large buildings, and expands access to electric vehicle fast chargers in all five boroughs. 

Other key actions detailed in the plan include: 

  • – BUILDINGS: In addition to creating new fossil-fuel targets for existing buildings to meet in 2030, NYC will work to implement advanced energy codes for new buildings in 2019, and very low energy design targets in all new buildings in subsequent energy code cycles.
  • – ENERGY: NYC will use its purchasing power to procure 100% renewable electricity for municipal operations as soon as sufficient supply can be brought online. This Fall, the City will be breaking ground on 50 new solar projects on public buildings, which will put the city a quarter of the way to the goal of 100MW of solar on public property by 2025.
  • – TRANSPORTATION: NYC will continue the accelerated pace of Select Bus Service implementation, fight for a tax on millionaires to modernise the subway system, and double the number of active cyclists by 2020 through the annual development of at least 50 new miles of bike network (including 10 miles of protected bike lanes). By expanding electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, the City will meet a goal for 20% of new car registrations to be EVs by 2025.
  • – CARBON NEUTRALITY: NYC will lead in the development of a global protocol for cities to attain carbon neutrality by 2050 in collaboration with other vanguard cities and partners.

C40 – is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change which  has supported the City in achieving this milestone on the path to a more sustainable and resilient city and planet.”

“Climate change doesn’t care about our plans – that’s why cities need to plan for climate change,” commented C40’s Executive Director Mark Watts.

“Tackling climate change and unleashing the potential of a low carbon future requires bold and urgent action. I congratulate Mayor De Blasio on becoming the first of C40’s mayors to publish a plan reviewed as compatible with C40’s framework to achieve this. New York’s example will be an inspiration to cities around the world that are equally determined to put the Paris Agreement into action,”.

‘Soot-Free’ Buses to 20 Megacities

Four of the world’s largest bus and engine manufacturers have committed to make it easier for major cities to purchase buses equipped with low emissions technologies, in order to tackle climate change and toxic air pollution.

Volvo Buses, BYD, Cummins and Scania have agreed to work with cities to adopt bus fleets equipped with the latest in clean power technologies to tackle climate change and air pollution

20 of the C40s megacities including Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Bogotá, Sao Paulo and Jakarta will benefit from a new global industry commitment which has been developed under the Global Industry Partnership on Soot-Free Clean Bus Fleets, an initiative led by C40 Cities, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), Centro Mario Molina Chile and UN Environment. The commitment was announced at the CCAC Clean Buses for Clean Air Workshop in Paris.

Less than 20% of all buses sold globally meet the definition of soot-free, with the vast majority being diesel powered. The cleanest buses today can reduce these emissions by more than 99 percent.

“I welcome the commitment of these bus manufacturers to respond to the desire of mayors to make cleaner, safer engine technologies available to millions of citizens in the global south,” said C40’s Mark Watts. “This is yet another example of cities and the private sector working together to tackle the most urgent challenges that we face.”

Further information

NYC plan

Soot-free buses programme


October 4, 2017
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