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Monday, January 25, 2010

NYS outlines its climate change action initiative

New York State this week outlined its initiative to develop an extensive plan that will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas pollution while also building New York's clean energy economy. The multi-faceted effort is driven by Executive Order No. 24, which sets a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in New York State by 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.  Over the course of 2010, a climate action council will be commissioned to meet with expert advisory panels and focus on the full spectrum of energy use and economic activity including:
  • Power supply and delivery;
  • Residential, commercial and industrial;
  • Agriculture, forestry and waste;
  • Transportation and land use; and
  • Adaptation, such as responses to potential climate-related threats to various sectors.
More than 100 individuals representing private sector companies, utilities, government officials, non-profit organizations, academia, advocacy groups, and others will participate in the advisory panels. The staff work of the CAC will be led by NYSERDA and DEC.

Earlier this month, a planning session was held at the New York Academy of Sciences to begin the process of developing a vision of how New York's energy system should evolve by 2050. At this meeting, nationally renowned experts provided insight on strategies to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, meet the State's energy needs, and create economic opportunities for "green-tech" jobs in New York.

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