Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA)

In 2019, New York State enacted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) that establishes aggressive legally binding targets to move New York’s economy off fossil fuels; thereby significantly reducing climate pollution that harms our public health, environment, and economy. The legislation codifies New York’s strong climate and clean energy goals by mandating a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from all sources 85% over 1990 levels by the year 2050 with an interim target of 40% by 2030. It also sets electricity sector targets of 70% renewables by 2030 and 100% zero emission generation by 2040.

Successful implementation of the CLCPA will propel New York into a true leader in the development and deployment of clean energy technologies, and help transition all sectors of our economy, including transportation and buildings, off of fossil fuels on onto systems powered by clean energy. Importantly, the CLCPA also creates a framework of equity for communities on the front lines of climate change by ensuring these communities receive the investments they need and deserve to fight and adapt to a changing climate.

EANY works with these communities and environmental justice partners to ensure the mandates of the CLCPA are implemented in a just and equitable manner.