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New York City’s Net-Zero Carbon Target for 2050 Is Achievable, Study Finds

By District Energy posted 04-16-2021 08:47


NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability


New York City can achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through a dramatic ramp-up of renewable energy, deep emissions cuts across its building and transportation sectors, and transitioning to low-carbon fuels, according to a joint study led by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the two major energy companies, Con Edison and National Grid. Rob Thornton, President and CEO, International District Energy Association, participated on the Technical Advisory Committee.

The study analyzed three pathway scenarios to understand the opportunities, risks and tradeoffs for advancing programs and policies promoting energy efficiency, electrification, and renewable electricity and gas. The report does not make policy recommendations, but highlights multiple strategies that could help the City meet its energy and climate goals. The utilities – essential partners in supporting citywide decarbonization – will consider these findings as they work toward a net zero future for all the communities they serve.

“New York City must transition to a clean energy future and this analysis provides a path forward that will ensure we not only meet our climate goals, but that we do so equitably.” said Susanne DesRoches, Deputy Director for Energy & Infrastructure, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “We thank our partners at National Grid and Con Edison for their ongoing collaboration in creating a healthier, cleaner and more just New York City.”

“Con Edison is committed to delivering the clean energy future our customers want and this study will be a resource to guide our efforts,” said Gurudatta Nadkarni, Vice President, Strategic Planning, for Con Edison. “Through our Clean Energy Commitment, and by working with the City, our customers and other partners to lower emissions from vehicles, transportation, buildings and power generation, we can create a New York with thousands of good-paying green jobs, cleaner air, and improved lifestyles. We’ll need to be flexible and open-minded to adjustments in our assumptions and strategy as economic and technological trends shift course.”

Rob Thornton, President and CEO, International District Energy Association commented “The International District Energy Association was pleased to participate on the Technical Advisory Committee to help assess the strategic importance of the Con Edison Steam System in energy-dense Manhattan as well as the potential for deployment of district energy systems, particularly geo-exchange solutions, to achieve lower net carbon emissions for clusters, campuses and communities across New York City."

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