A new initiative aimed at reducing pollution generated by commercial buildings has been launched in New York City (NYC).
The NYC Carbon Challenge for Commercial Owners and Tenants is a public-private partnership aimed at cutting emissions from buildings by 30% or more within the next decade.
It is also part of the city’s wider goal of reducing emissions by 80% by 2050.
Commercial buildings are said to account for roughly 30% of NYC’s emissions.
Existing participants and new commercial owners and tenants have committed to work together to implement energy efficiency projects in their buildings as part of the expansion of the Carbon Challenge initiative.
They are projected to reduce city-wide emissions by 60,000 metric tons – equivalent to taking almost 13,000 cars off the road.
The project is also expected to result in an estimated $50 million (£40m) in energy cost savings.