Nilda Mesa weighs in on NYC skyscrapers’ energy usage and the Climate Act
June 06, 2019
Traditional skyscrapers consume high amounts of energy used for lighting, air conditioning and heating. These buildings are the chief source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City.
The Climate Mobilization Act was passed by the New York City Council last April to reduce emissions by 80% from now through 2050. The Act requires buildings of more than 25,000 square feet (2,300 square meters) to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030 (based on 2005 levels).
Nilda Mesa, director of the urban sustainability program, noted that “The Climate Act is really pathbreaking”, and it will “create a market and create demand for energy-efficient technologies”.