After a decade of implementation, the Empire State's ambitious retrofit hit a major milestone last year, reducing its carbon emissions by more than 50 percent. By 2030, the goal is to be carbon neutral, said Dana Schneider, the director of energy and sustainability at the Empire State Realty Trust, in a news release.
“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.