New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has announced plans to “ban glass and steel skyscrapers” in the city unless they meet strict emissions standards.
The proposed ban forms part of the city’s radical anti-climate change bill, the Green New Deal. The deal aims to cut carbon emissions in New York City by a third before 2030.
Announcing the Green New Deal, Blasio slammed “inherently very inefficient” skyscrapers and blamed buildings for being the main cause of greenhouse gas emissions in the city.
“Why are we so focused on the building?” he said. “The number one cause is the buildings in this city. It’s not the cars, it’s the buildings.”
Blasio blamed buildings for having poor heat retention due to the large amount of glass used, and suggested that new buildings with similar designs would need to compensate heavily with other emission-limiting factors.
Under the deal, buildings within the city will be required to submit annual carbon output assessments and existing glass buildings will have to be retrofitted with emission mitigating technology.
Landlords will have until 2030 to cut their emissions by 40%, increasing to 80% by 2050. Buildings that fail to comply could face fines of $1M (£770,000) every year.
“Glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming […] have no place in our city or on our Earth anymore,” Blasio added.
The Green New Deal also sets out plans to power the entire city using renewable energy, reduce processed meat production, and phase out single use plastics.
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