The 80x50 Buildings Partnership is a collaboration between NYC’s leading building and energy stakeholders to develop smart climate change policies. First convened by Urban Green in November 2017, the Partnership set out to develop recommendations for the City of New York on the optimal design of a building energy reduction policy.
Existing buildings are the biggest piece in the New York City carbon pie, representing nearly 70 percent of emissions. Their energy use must be addressed in order for NYC to meet its target of 80 percent carbon reductions by 2050. Reducing energy use in the city's largest buildings—those over 25,000 square feet—is an effective first step, as they account for nearly 60 percent of NYC building area.
Recognizing the need for extensive dialogue to develop the most impactful and thoughtful policy, Urban Green brought together more than 40 organizations under the Partnership. The group tackled the complex questions bearing on this challenge, including costs, technological feasibility, health impacts, industry expertise, state policy and more. We also shared our findings with the City Council along the way.
Following successful approaches from the Green Codes Task Force and Building Resiliency Task Force, we organized the project around diverse working groups. Work progressed through different phases: defining the problem; determining and assessing the options; and refining recommendations. The Blueprint for Efficiency was issued in August 2018.
In May 2019, New York City enacted Local Law 97, the most ambitious climate legislation for buildings enacted by any city in the world. LL97 reflects many elements from the Blueprint, including: more feasible timelines, a green power purchase option, a provision for carbon trading, and future refinement through an advisory board process.
With a focus on reductions that can and should be achieved by 2030 to put NYC on a plausible trajectory to 80x50, the Blueprint will continue to help inform and shape policy that works for all and sets a model for cities across the nation.
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The Partnership's first report introduces an ambitious, 21-point plan to reduce NYC bulding energy use 20 percent by 2030.
The Buildings Partnership includes:
32BJ SEIU (Service Employees International Union)
AIA New York
ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York
American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC)
ASHRAE New York
Catholic Community Relations Council
The Community Preservation Coporation
Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums (CNYC)
The Durst Organization
Empire State Realty Trust
Enterprise Community Partners
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Jewish Community Relations Council of New York
Local Union No. 3 I.B.E.W.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV)
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
New York University
New York Working Families
NY Communities for Change (NYCC)
Partnership for New York City
Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
Realty Operations Group
Rent Stabilization Association (RSA)
Rudin Management Company
SL Green Realty Corp
Steven Winter Associates
Sustainable Energy Partnerships
UA Plumbers Local Union No. 1
Vornado Realty Trust
WE ACT for Environmental Justice