The new pollution standards, announced by the city’s Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio, would require owners of large buildings to take steps to meet new fossil fuel caps.
These include upgrading boilers, water heaters, roofs and windows, and accelerating replacement or refinancing plans for their buildings.
The targets aim to help the city cut its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 7% by 2035.
The Hill provides further context:
“The building standards come as New York attempts to abide by the Paris climate deal, which aims to reduce climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions around the world. Shortly after President Trump announced that he would pull the United States from the agreement, de Blasio signed an executive order affirming the deal and committing the city to its goals.”