Over the last few years, New York City has been first in the nation in pursuing the highest standards in energy efficiency and air quality. Needless to say, this has led to new regulations and requirements for the city’s largest commercial properties.
Earlier this month, policymakers took further steps to accelerate emissions reduction. The city has an ultimate goal of cutting emissions 80% by 2050. To reach that end, several long-term steps are being undertaken:
- Increased generation of renewable energy within the state;
- Enhanced energy efficiency performance for buildings;
- Greater adoption of efficient electric and hybrid vehicles;
- Improved waste management practices and standards.
Emissions Represent a Significant Issue for New York City
New York City has made some significant strides in cutting its emissions thus far, though it may not yet be on track for its ambitious goal. City-wide emissions are down 14% versus 2005 levels, and the reduction may be as great as 40% by 2030.
Wind, solar, and other sustainable energy sources will be key to the long-term response.
New York City’s Leading Minds Rise to the Challenge
The NYC Carbon Challenge is the centerpiece of recent moves to curb emissions and offset the impact of climate change on the Big Apple. It’s no surprise much of the effort focuses on the city’s 1 million buildings, which provide 73% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Large organizations from all kinds of backgrounds are working together to reach the goal of cutting emissions a further 30% over the course of the next ten years. Some of the participants include:
- 17 top universities;
- 11 major hospitals;
- 12 large companies;
- 19 residential management firms;
- 19 world-renowned hotels.
Although a huge amount of progress has been made so far, there’s still a long way to go.
Large commercial structures will have a major role to play in how and when New York City hits its tough targets. However, facilities teams at buildings of any size can step up to the challenge.
Simply by making some targeted adjustments to building systems, especially the HVAC system, a commercial property can cut its total emissions by 10%, 15%, or even more. This represents a major savings over time and will make it far easier to meet regulatory compliance demands.
Investing in emissions reduction is smart business for New York City enterprises. To find out more, contact Donnelly Mechanical: We’re NYC’s top experts on large commercial HVAC systems and their efficiency challenges.