In 2021, New York City signed into legislation that all new buildings be constructed with renewable energy to operate..
The legislation is effective as of 2023, with phased in requirements to have 100% electric powered buildings by 2027.
By signing Intro. 2317 into law, New York City is once again leading the charge toward building decarbonization. Research by the Rocky Mountain Institute finds that the law will prevent 2.1 million tons of carbon emissions by 2040 — equivalent to taking 450,000 cars off the road for a year. The new law will help accelerate a green transition and help achieve the City’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent the most devastating impacts of the climate crisis. The law also prioritizes the health of New Yorkers by restricting the installation of fossil fuel appliances, which are a primary source of indoor air pollution, like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, that harm lung and heart health. – New York City Government
New York City is in a northern climate, and other North American cities are no doubt taking notice.
Read more about what New York City is doing to lead the way in the USA and in other countries.