September 28, 2015

Free Program is a Central Piece of Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC & One City: Built to Last Green Buildings Plan – Expected Emissions Reduction Equivalent to Taking 200,000 Cars Off the Roads

Mayor Also Announces Huge Expansion of NYC Carbon Challenge to Over 250 Million Square Feet of Real Estate; Full Phase Out of Heaviest Heating Oil Thanks to NYC Clean Heat

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today the official launch of the NYC Retrofit Accelerator, which will provide free technical assistance and advisory services for building owners to go green through critical energy efficiency, water conservation, and clean energy upgrades. The program is anticipated to reduce citywide greenhouse gas emissions by roughly one million metric tons per year by 2025, by accelerating retrofits in up to 1,000 buildings per year by 2025 – the equivalent of almost 200,000 passenger vehicles taken off the roads – while saving New Yorkers an estimated $350 million a year in utility costs and generating over 400 local construction-related jobs.

“Business as usual simply won’t do when our very survival is at stake. That’s why we’ve outlined ambitious and necessary goals for a greener New York City as we work to reduce our emissions 80 percent by 2050 – and we’re ensuring that building owners have the tools they need to go green through the NYC Retrofit Accelerator,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “The Retrofit Accelerator will build on the incredibly successful work of the Carbon Challenge and NYC Clean Heat as we continue to push toward a stronger, more sustainable New York City.”

The NYC Retrofit Accelerator is a key step forward as the City works toward a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, with a goal of reducing emissions 80 percent by 2050. With buildings comprising nearly three-quarters of New York City’s emissions, Mayor de Blasio unveiled a sweeping plan last year ­– One City, Built to Last – that committed to retrofitting all public buildings with any significant energy use by 2025, and supporting (and, if needed, mandating) many private buildings to do the same. Those goals were expanded upon in OneNYC, released this spring.

Building owners can now register for the Accelerator by visiting or calling 311.

“This is New Yorkers at their best – helping each other to fight climate change, cut costs, and clean up our air pollution, all while creating green jobs,” said Nilda Mesa, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “Building data and proven strategies all come together in the Retrofit Accelerator, while our great institutions are leading the way to cut carbon and energy costs.  Everyone wins, from kids with asthma and seniors, to construction workers and engineers. New Yorkers pulling together like this is what it will take to reach our goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.  This is what OneNYC looks like.”

“New York City’s Retrofit Accelerator is an exciting, new ‘win-win’ program that will help building owners and operators in practical, accessible ways to improve their properties and reduce carbon pollution,” said Susan Leeds, CEO of NYCEEC. “As the City’s financing partner, we are pleased to offer simple, affordable financial solutions to help buildings save money and go green.”

“The Building Energy Exchange is thrilled that our downtown Manhattan resource center will act as the central information hub for Mayor de Blasio’s Retrofit Accelerator, providing training, technology exhibits, and critical resources that will help owners, operators, and designers realize the cost-saving energy efficiency potential within their buildings,” said Richard Yancey, Executive Director of the Building Energy Exchange. “The Accelerator promises to dramatically scale efficiency retrofits and put New York City, a global leader in innovation and building technology, on a pathway to its ambitious 80×50 carbon reduction goals.”

Link to full press article.