La ciudad de Nueva York está dando un gran paso hacia la lucha contra el cambio climático

El alcalde de la ciudad de Nueva York, Bill de Blasio, la prohibición de la construcción de rascacielos de vidrio y acero, en un intento importante para enfrentar la crisis del cambio climático. Implementación de un pilar del Green Deal, el modelo agresivo para abordar el cambio climático.

Los edificios altos requieren una gran cantidad de energía para funcionar. El plan es reducir las emisiones en Nueva York en un 40% para el año 2030.

“We’re going to introduce legislation to ban the glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming,” said the mayor in a press conference on 22 April. “They have no place in our city or on our earth anymore,” said Bill De Blasio.

De Blasio revealed the plan as part of his New York City Green New Deal, launched at a press conference at Long Island City’s Hunter’s Point South Park on 22 April.

Buildings “number one” cause of greenhouse gases

The $14 billion (£10.8 billion) initiative, which forms part of the city’s OneNYC 2050 strategy, aligns with the goals of the Paris Agreement – the international climate-change treaty that president Donald Trump withdrew the US from in 2017.

“The number one cause [of greenhouse gases] in this city is the buildings,” said De Blasio. “It’s not the cars, it’s the buildings.”

The council passed a bill that requires large buildings to meet new standards aimed at reducing their carbon footprint. The bill aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the city’s buildings by 40% over the next decade.

That will require many building owners to take measures to make them more energy efficient.

The bill is packaged with several other green initiatives in the Climate Mobilization Act and was passed ahead of Earth Day, which is Monday.

Lawmakers say the bill will help New York achieve its goal of slashing overall greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050.

It is also a response to the federal government’s “surrender” in the fight against global warming under President Donald Trump, said council member Costa Constantinides, who introduced the bill.

The legislation aligns with one of the topline goals in Ocasio-Cortez’s plan. Her Green New Deal, which would overhaul the nation’s economy, calls for retrofitting all buildings for energy efficiency within 10 years.

KEY POINTS:

  • The New York City Council passes legislation setting new standards for greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.
  • The measure aligns with one of the central pillars of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.
  • The bill aims to slash planet-warming pollution from city buildings by 40% over the next decade.

See more: https://www.dezeen.com/2019/04/24/ban-glass-skyscrapers-new-york-green-new-deal-bill-de-blasio-climate-change/

Cover image from: CNBC.com

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