In 2016, seven years into the greening of New York City we can happily report that compliance with Local Laws 84 & 87 which provide for the monitoring and upgrading of energy sourcing and usage stands at 100 percent, according to the de Blasio administration. A report issued on August 24, 2016 indicates that greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by 8% and energy use by 6% between 2010 and 2013 as a result of benchmarking compliance reporting from 3,000 buildings.
Passed in 2009 by the Bloomberg administration, Local Laws 84 and 87, then called the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (PlaNYC), are the cornerstones of New York City’s efforts to make New York a leader in green living. The de Blasio administration has continued these programs though they have renamed the program: OneNYC.
“Thanks to the data in this report, we can identify areas to reduce our energy consumption and continue this downward trend of greenhouse gas emissions, getting us closer to our 80x50 OneNYC goal. This is yet another tool that will create a more sustainable, equitable and resilient city,” said Mayor de Blasio in a press release. The 80x50 goal stands for 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.
As defined on the New York City Office of Sustainability website, Local Law 84 requires annual benchmarking data to be submitted by owners of buildings with more than 50,000 square feet for public disclosure by May 1. The law requires annual reporting of each building’s use of energy and water. Buildings use Portfolio Manager, a free online benchmarking tool that tracks and assesses energy and water consumption. Developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR program, Portfolio Manager can help building owners identify opportunities to make their buildings more energy and water-efficient and save money.
Local Law 87 mandates that buildings over 50,000 gross square feet undergo periodic energy audit and retro-commissioning measures. The intent of this law is to inform building owners of their energy consumption through energy audits, which are surveys and analyses of energy use, and retro-commissioning, the process of ensuring correct equipment installation and performance.