Reducing Environmental Risk

Complying with the New York climate law

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | ENVIRONMENTAL LAW - Compliance

New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), also known as the New York Climate Law, focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting a more sustainable future for New York state residents.

This legislation provides both challenges and opportunities for businesses operating in New York. Here is what companies should know about the New York Climate Law.

Steps towards compliance

The law mandates that greenhouse gas emissions across the state must be cut by 40% by 2030 and reduced by at least 85% by 2050. It also sets a goal for the state to deliver 35% of the benefits of state energy investments to disadvantaged communities.

For businesses in New York City, a critical aspect of this law is Local Law 97, which requires most buildings over 25,000 square feet to meet new limits on greenhouse gas emissions starting this year. Businesses can improve energy efficiency and lower their greenhouse gas emissions by upgrading HVAC systems, improving installation or installing energy-efficient lighting.

The New York Climate Law also aims for 70% of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030. Businesses can transition to renewable energy sources by installing solar panels, purchasing green energy credits, or signing up for renewable energy programs.

In September 2023, the DEC released a draft policy to implement environmental justice provisions of the New York Climate Law. The policy guides DEC’s approval process on new and renewal applications for air and wastewater permits, liquefied natural gas and other licenses, and the impacts of emissions on disadvantaged communities.

Businesses must monitor and report their greenhouse gas emissions as part of the permitting process. Regular reporting can help companies to track their progress toward compliance and identify areas for improvement.

Complying with the New York Climate Law makes good business sense. Businesses can lower overhead costs by reducing energy usage and transitioning to renewable sources. Furthermore, compliance demonstrates a commitment to sustainability, potentially helping a company to attract environmentally conscious customers and employees.



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