“The big picture here is there’s no question that COVID-19 has changed how and where we use energy in New York City,” says Urban Green CEO John Mandyck. “For example, many multifamily homes became mixed-use, where people lived and worked. We don’t know if this is a trend or a blip. We need to continue to collect data.”
Co-op and condo boards will soon face momentous decisions on how to reduce their buildings’ carbon emissions to avoid stiff fines under the city’s Climate Mobilization Act. In a new report called Grid Ready, Urban Green Council offers the encouraging news that the city’s electric grid is ready to handle increasing demand if co-op and condo boards start switching from fossil fuel-fired boilers to electric heat pumps.
Finally, there’s some good news for co-op and condo boards that are worried about the cost of reducing their buildings’ carbon emissions. Urban Green Council’s latest Energy and Water Use Report reveals that over the past decade, New York City buildings have already made significant strides toward reducing their carbon footprint.
The coronavirus pandemic has upended virtually every aspect of co-op and condo life in New York City. Now it’s threatening to derail the city’s ambitious plan to slash the carbon emissions of big buildings.