New York’s Climate Act

WHAT IS THE CLIMATE ACT AND WHAT DOES IT DO?

In 2019, New York State adopted the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), a law regarded as one of the world’s most ambitious approaches for tackling climate change. The Climate Law mandates aggressive pollution cuts and commits New York to a transition to a 100% renewable energy economy while ensuring justice and equity for frontline communities and workers. The CLCPA created the state Climate Action Council, a 22-member organization that was tasked with creating a Climate Action Plan. The draft Climate Action Plan has been released for public comment. 

As the draft plan makes clear, the damage currently caused by burning fossil fuels costs us billions a year, while the benefits of a just transition would gain us billions. The faster we move to an all-electric future, the faster we will realize the vast economic and health benefits associated with a fossil free future. 

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Protects Our State

The law calls for:

  • New York to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050 (40% cut by 2030).
  • Achieve 70% electricity generation from renewable sources and have an emissions free electricity sector by 2040.
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Invests in Climate Justice

The law states that:

  • At least 35% of clean energy funding benefits will be allocated to “disadvantaged communities” typically, low-income communities and communities of color hit first and worst by the climate crisis.
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Invests in Renewables

Under the CLCPA:

  • 70% of our electricity must come from renewable sources by 2040.
  • By 2025, we must increase our solar capacity by 250%.
  • By 2035, we must build enough offshore wind to power 6 million homes.
THE PEOPLE IMPLEMENTING THE CLIMATE ACT
Advisory Panels

Panels are comprised of sector-specific experts who advise the Climate Action Council. and are comprised of sector-specific experts I.e., transportation, waste, local government, agriculture and forestry, and others. Advisory Panels were created for various sectors, including but not limited to transportation, waste, local government, agriculture, and forestry.

Advisory Panels

Panels are comprised of sector-specific experts who advise the Climate Action Council. and are comprised of sector-specific experts I.e., transportation, waste, local government, agriculture and forestry, and others. Advisory Panels were created for various sectors, including but not limited to transportation, waste, local government, agriculture, and forestry.

Climate Action Council

22 stakeholders, including representatives from relevant state agencies and people appointed by the legislature and the governor, who will prepare the Climate Action Plan to make NY fossil fuel-free by 2050. The draft plan is currently available for public comment.

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Climate Justice Working Group

This group is comprised of Environmental Justice leaders and helps ensure all New Yorkers are represented in the State’s transition to a cleaner energy future and benefit from the investments and opportunities provided by this transition. The group was charged with defining “disadvantaged communities,” a critical piece of work needed to help facilitate the flow of at 35% of clean energy investments to communities.

Climate Action Council

22 stakeholders, including representatives from relevant state agencies and people appointed by the legislature and the governor, who will prepare the Climate Action Plan to make NY fossil fuel-free by 2050. The draft plan is currently available for public comment.

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Climate Justice Working Group

This group is comprised of Environmental Justice leaders and helps ensure all New Yorkers are represented in the State’s transition to a cleaner energy future and benefit from the investments and opportunities provided by this transition. The group was charged with defining “disadvantaged communities,” a critical piece of work needed to help facilitate the flow of at 35% of clean energy investments to communities.

Just Transition Working Group

A multi-sector group appointed by the Climate Action Council to advise on how to transform New York’s economy, create new jobs, and stimulate industry and innovation, while building more resilient communities to better protect all New Yorkers. The work of this group includes ensuring green jobs are good jobs and jobs are available to underrepresented groups, while minimizing workforce disruption.

Just Transition Working Group

A multi-sector group appointed by the Climate Action Council to advise on how to transform New York’s economy, create new jobs, and stimulate industry and innovation, while building more resilient communities to better protect all New Yorkers. The work of this group includes ensuring green jobs are good jobs and jobs are available to underrepresented groups, while minimizing workforce disruption.

How will this impact my community?
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Transportation
New York’s transportation networks need to be electrified to reach emissions reduction goals. New York must invest in electrified transit networks, both public and private, and make public transportation accessible across the state. This includes programs to assist in the purchase of new and used electric vehicles and installation of electric vehicle charging stations.
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Homes & Buildings
New York’s houses and buildings must be electrified. This means there will need to be incentives and assistance for home and property owners to invest in energy efficiency, renewables (such as solar and geo-thermal), and weatherization so buildings will require less energy to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. State and city owned buildings will need do the same.
Public Health & Air Quality

Rates of asthma and other respiratory illness will fall, particularly in neighborhoods near power plants and highways. The climate law creates new air quality monitoring requirements to make sure we have clean air for all New Yorkers.

Jobs & Industry

New jobs will become available to install solar panels, maintain wind turbines, and retrofit buildings. Studies predict that implementing the CLCPA will create up to 150,000 good jobs for New Yorkers over the next 10 years.

How Can I Get Involved?

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Back at it. Syracuse and Buffalo.

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