New York leads in sustainability and conservation, with the lowest per-capita carbon emissions in the United States, thanks in large part to our strong nuclear fleet. The Clean Energy Standard sets ambitious goals for our state to be a leader for years to come, and in order to meet the requirement of a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions versus 1990 levels by 2030, we’re going to need to innovate and expand conservation and sustainability measures.
The use of Energy Star rated appliances and building materials should continue to be incentivized from the federal, state, and local levels, as should the construction and retrofitting of buildings in accordance with the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Automobile drivers can be encouraged to purchase alternative-fueled vehicles through the provision of more charging stations on major highways and in transportation hubs, to reduce the 24 percent of greenhouse gas emissions (to use the example of New York City) that come from vehicles.
New York AREA supports incentives from all levels to increase energy conservation and sustainability by and for all New Yorkers.