When it comes to ambitious green initiatives, California tends to make the headlines. The Golden State is currently fighting the federal government for the right to maintain its own emissions deals with car manufacturers and has pushed investments in solar energy and EV infrastructure at both the household and corporate levels in the state. So, it may come as some surprise that it is New York that is about to approve one of the most ambitious green initiatives plans the world has ever seen.
The New York Times reports that its home state has pledged to eliminate carbon-based energy by 2050, thereby eliminating manmade greenhouse gases. To achieve this, by 2030, the Empire State will need to use renewable energy sources for a whopping 70% of its energy supply. New York wants to do more than just envision an era when its residents can breathe fresh air untarnished by oil-burning heaters and gas-guzzling vehicles.
In fact, New York and California are two of several states that have passed laws to re-align their jurisdictions with the climate change agreement that the current administration pulled away from. The administration has also followed up with loosening regulations environmental regulations, causing many “Blue States” to take matters into their own hands. While the climate change debate is ongoing, most liberal states share a general consensus that it is manmade and can be thwarted or, at the very least, delayed.
Perhaps one of the most surprising moves, however, comes from New York City itself. A metropolis known for its foul air and overcrowding as much as its Michelin restaurants and beautiful lofts is taking the lead. CNBC reports that in 2019, the New York City council set new standards regarding emissions from a source many people do not immediately think of: buildings.
For people working in construction, these changes will bring many business opportunities. Older buildings may need to be remodeled. New homeowners may also express greater interest in passive home construction and several other higher-cost options. These make more sustainable living possible in the years to come, while potentially bringing in higher profits for contractors.