According to CTGBC chair Wayne Conleigh, Mandyck “showed us that if New York City can agree to phase in very ambitious carbon emission-reduction targets for their buildings and create thousands of new jobs in the process, Connecticut must do the same.”
Lauded as the largest emissions reduction policy in the history of any city, the Climate Mobilization Act contains six bills, all of which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in conjunction with the city’s effort to achieve a 40 percent reduction in carbon pollution by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.
While many cities have targeted buildings as a way to cut energy use and carbon emissions, New York's strategy is significant for putting the burden on building owners and requiring such large reductions.
The city’s new carbon emissions laws are set to cost the real estate industry some $20 billion over the next decade. And as a retrofitting program that is estimated to be the biggest in the world gets underway, owners are being urged to think ahead to avoid running out of time and help.