New York City Tends to Become Carbon Neutral by 2050
This different path of the home city of the United States actually aligns with the ambitious aim of the Paris accord i.e. bordering global warming to 1.5C.
And for this, de Blasio introduced a citywide plan, outlining the measures to be taken in the first three years, and which are to be taken to cut emissions below 2005 levels i.e. by 80% by 2050. The plan; also known as 1.5C – Joining New York City with the Paris Climate Accord – calls to offset all the residual carbon pollution by 2050.
However, to achieve the target of carbon neutrality, in the next three decades, New York tends to lead the ‘global protocol’ development as per the plan. And the plan may also include carbon sequestration, large-scale renewable and carbon offsets to make up for the remaining carbon pollution.
Executing the Different Path: New York Carbon Neutrality Target by 2050
In order to execute the plan and to continue achieving the targeted results, the mayor is calling up every agency of the city government to make some strategies that would help to comply with the target of 1.5C.
De Blasio stated: “Big problems require big solutions – and New Yorkers are already hard at work to meet the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement. In the Trump era, cities have to lead the way when it comes to fighting climate change. Hotter summers and powerful storms made worse by climate change are an existential threat to a coastal city like ours, which is why we need to act now.”
Showing confidence in the New York plans, the executive director of C40 cities group, Mark Watts, stated that the plan is nonetheless, a leading example in the world in terms of evidence-based planning.
Short Term Target to Meet the Big Challenge
New York’s target constitutes of many short-term targets that are expected to be achieved in the coming years. The plan focuses on achieving some specific actions by the year 2020, also covering building codes, efficiency, and transport and energy production. Also, the plan aims at heralding the electric car advent and announcing the budget of $10 million in the account of fast charging hubs and that too, in all the five boroughs by the year 2018. And in next five to seven years, the city aims at installing almost 50 citywide hubs.
According to the Daniel Zarrilli, Climate Policy Senior Director;
“In the face of federal inaction on climate change, it is now more important than ever for cities like New York to step up to fulfill the Paris Agreement,”
Ever since Trump has taken the presidency of the US, almost 200 states, nations, and cities, which also include New York City, have successfully signed up to a coalition majorly led by the Jerry Brown, governor of California.
This coalition aims at developing plans that are in line with the goals of the Paris climate accord and that too, by calling on the signatories.