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July 23, 2019 at 12:43 PM

Building Emissions in New York City and The Recent Retrofit Bill


The New York City Council passed legislation in April 2019 to mandate that all existing buildings 25,000 square feet or larger must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and by 80% by 2050. This retrofit bill (Local Law 97) was part of a package of bills called the Climate Mobilization Act. There are 50,000 buildings in New York City that the law applies to, and they are responsible for about 30% of New York City’s total greenhouse gas emissions—”a big number for a small subset of buildings,” said Costa Constantinides, the New York City Council …

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July 8, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Unleashing Corporate Sustainability

by: Jeffrey Moe
Global Director, Energy Policy and Advocacy
Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand

While some companies associate sustainability with added costs, sustainable business practices actually deliver value to society and can be a growth engine for business. The United States’ experience over the last decade shows how a country can reap the benefits of increased private sector sustainability efforts. With the right policy support, the corporate sector can do even more to expand and accelerate these practices. Though companies may have different experiences, our efforts demonstrate that it is possible for the industrial corporate segment to integrate sustainability into its strategy while still delivering strong returns to shareholders.

At Ingersoll Rand, we made …

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June 24, 2019 at 3:31 PM

The Need for a Diverse Approach to Energy

by: Laura Nelson
Executive Director
Utah Governor's Office of Energy Development

As new and cleaner energy options are deployed, our national energy portfolio is transforming faster than ever before. Facing changes occurring across our power, transportation, and resource systems, Utah has chosen an all-of-the-above state energy policy. Embracing diversity in our energy portfolio and focusing on efficient markets, technology, infrastructure, and new partnerships will create an energy economy that supports our state’s economic and environmental goals.

As discussed at Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s recent energy summit, the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) has worked to advance Utah’s energy agenda with smart and innovative solutions. Among the OED’s significant

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June 10, 2019 at 11:01 AM

The Key to Saving the Nuclear Power Sector

by: Wil Burns
Co-Executive Director
The Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy, American University

Nuclear power plants—which emit zero greenhouse gas emissions and have very low emissions during their entire lifecycle—can contribute significantly to addressing climate change. However, many reactors have been retired, with more to follow. In many cases, these reactors are being supplanted by natural gas, which can result in a large increase in greenhouse gas emissions, especially when methane leakage is taken into account. As the Union of Concerned Scientists recently concluded, “the resulting emissions set back national efforts to achieve needed emissions reductions.” Many energy experts believe that a commitment to thorium-based nuclear reactors might help to turn the

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May 21, 2019 at 4:06 PM

A Big Step for Small-Scale LNG

by: Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL-03)
U.S. House of Representatives

The United States is blessed with an abundance of natural gas and has been a net exporter since January 2018. Thanks to the Trump Administration’s increased de-regulation, we are reaping the fruits of this expanding energy sector. With this increase in energy production, Congress must make proper investments in infrastructure and effectively reform regulations to aid in the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG). To help accomplish this, I and Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL-06) have introduced the Small-Scale LNG Access Act (H.R. 1836). Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) has introduced a Senate companion bill (S. 816),

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