The Complexity of New York City’s Green New Deal

The Green New Deal is now a driving force in climate politics.
But up until now, it’s been mostly theoretical.

And then, in April, Mayor Bill De Blasio declared that New York
City is creating
its own version of the plan.
 As part of the law, large
commercial buildings will need to cut emissions by 40 percent by
2030 and 80 percent by 2050 — or face steep fines. 

After so much theorizing about the Green New Deal, we can
finally see what happens when a resolution meets reality. 

And the impact, at least in the short term, is causing
complications.

“No matter who I’ve spoken to, nobody’s disagreeing with
the goals. It’s the application of how we benchmark. There are
clearly buildings that can become vastly more efficient. But this
legislation doesn’t prize density, it doesn’t prize efficiency,
for some of our most modern buildings,” explains Paul Kuehn,
sales director for distributed energy at Centrica Business
Solutions.

Many building efficiency upgrades in the city are now stalling
because of uncertainty around the law.

In this episode, we dive into New York’s new building
emissions mandate. We’ll explore the short-term unintended
consequences and the positive long-term impacts for clean
energy. 

What can other cities — and eventually the entire country —
learn from its complexities?

We’ll have a conversation with Paul Kuehn of Centrica Business
Solutions and Aaron Miller, a partner at Gotham 360, about how the
details may play out for New York City’s Green New Deal.

This podcast was produced on behalf of Centrica Business
Solutions
. Centrica is using analytics, market know-how, and
distributed technologies to help C&I customers take control of
their energy use and improve their environmental performance.

Source: FS – GreenTech Media
The Complexity of New York City’s Green New Deal