New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has warned the Trump Organisation that it faces millions of dollars in fines under proposed skyscraper efficiency rules.
Last month De Blasio revealed plans to ban new steel and gas structures that don’t meet strict climate standards, and to fine landlords of skyscrapers that fail to retrofit buildings to meet new standards.
The Trump Organisation owns eight properties in the city, including the infamous Trump Tower that would be subject to annual $2.1M (£1.62M) fines if they are not upgraded to meet stricter energy efficiency standards, the mayor has said.
The Trump Tower [pictured] alone would face fines of $469,848 (£362,828) a year if no improvements were made to meet De Blasio’s new standards.
According to De Blasio’s office, buildings are responsible for nearly 70% of all greenhouse gas emissions in New York.
The eight Trump Organisation buildings in question belch out 27,000t of greenhouse gases each year, equivalent to around 5,800 cars.
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.
Landlords including Donald Trump’s organisation will have until 2030 to cut their emissions by 40%, increasing to 80% by 2050.
De Blasio addressed his challenge to the President at a rally outside Trump Tower. “We’re tackling climate change head-on with NYC’s Green New Deal and are the first city in the world to require all big buildings to cut their emissions, with the goal of a carbon neutral city by 2050,” he said. “President Trump – you’re on notice. Your polluting buildings are part of the problem. Cut your emissions or pay the price.”
“Glass and steel skyscrapers that have contributed so much to global warming […] have no place in our city or on our Earth anymore,” Blasio said when announcing the ban last month.
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