Full Title: US Green Economy Report Series: New York
Author(s): UK Government, Climate Advisers, University of Maryland’s Center for Global Sustainability
Publisher(s): UK Government, Climate Advisers, University of Maryland’s Center for Global Sustainability
Publication Date: April 29, 2021
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In 2019, New York cemented its status as a climate leader by passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which established some of the country’s most ambitious climate targets, such as an 85 percent cut in GHG emissions by 2050, 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040, and 70 percent renewable energy by 2030. It also established targets for solar, offshore wind and energy storage. New York first established a Renewable Portfolio Standard in 2004 and has increasingly raised its ambition since then. The state is a member of the US Climate Alliance, which was co-founded by Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The state is also a member of the Zero Emissions Vehicle Alliance, and New York City is a member of C40, a global coalition of cities committed to climate action. Green finance is a growing part of the economy, with the New York Green Bank working with private-sector actors on clean energy projects with $1.1 billion investment so far. The Democrat-controlled New York State legislature and governorship will likely continue to prioritize funding and implementing climate initiatives in the coming years.