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City Council Set To Pass Strict Greenhouse Gas Limits For NYC Buildings

April 18, 2019 - 2:19 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The City Council is expected to pass a bill Thursday that would establish some of the toughest greenhouse gas limits in the country.

The goal is a 40 percent overall reduction of emissions by 2030.

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The city’s largest buildings, including Trump Tower, would have to significantly reduce their emissions or face huge fines. 

Big buildings are a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions because of the energy they use for light, heating and cooling.

The de Blasio administration says it will cost building owners about $4 billion collectively to make the necessary changes to meet the new emissions standards.

Real estate industry executives oppose the plan because of the price tag.

John Mandyck, the chief executive of the Urban Green Council, called the plan "huge." 

“I haven’t seen a city that has tackled climate change head-on in a way like this, setting specific targets for buildings and providing a path forward for how they can comply through innovative policy tools,” he told The New York Times.