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Greenhouse gas limits on New York high-rises likely

Thursday - April 18, 2019 4:12 pm , Category : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
New York, April 18 (IANS) New York City is set to fight climate change with a plan that would make thousands of high-rises, like the Empire State Building and Trump Tower, to sharply reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
The measure, expected to be passed by the City Council on Thursday, would set emission caps for different types of buildings with an aim to achieve 40 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030. Buildings that would fail to meet the limit would face steep fines, the New York Times reported.
The development comes as the US debates merits and necessity of the Green New Deal -- the congressional proposal to tackle climate change and create new high-paying jobs in clean energy industries.
New York and several other states have undertaken a number of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions.
According to the report, buildings are among the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. An inventory of greenhouse gas emissions published in 2017 found that buildings accounted for 67 per cent of the city's emissions.
The legislation is part of a package of bills known as the Climate Mobilization Act.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would sign the legislation. "It's going to revolutionise our ability to reduce emissions through our buildings, which are really our No. 1 problem."
Many types of buildings were exempted from the caps, including houses of worship and apartment houses with rent-regulated units and other types of affordable housing.

--IANS soni/pcj