​NYC Carbon Challenge Expands With 16 Hotels Joining Partnership To Reduce GHG Emissions 80 Percent By 2050

NYC Carbon Challenge
Author: Jennifer HongBy:
Staff Reporter
Dec. 31, 2015

The NYC Carbon Challenge just got bigger as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 16 hotels are joining the partnership. The Carbon Challenge is a commitment between the city and private sector leaders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by 30 percent or more in the next ten years, according to CNN.

The Carbon Challenge is a key part of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to reduce all citywide GHG emissions 80 percent by 2050. The NYC expansion to the 16 hotels is projected to reduce citywide GHG emissions by an additional 32,000 metric tons and result in an estimated $25 million in energy cost savings. “Whether we’re talking about universities, hospitals, and offices, or large apartment buildings and hotels, all of New York City has a stake in our fight against climate change,” said Mayor de Blasio.

NYC Carbon Challenge is to cut GHG emissions 80 percent by 2050

NYC Carbon Challenge is to cut GHG emissions 80 percent by 2050

“If some of New York’s most iconic hotels can significantly reduce their carbon footprint, anyone can. NYC Carbon Challenge participants are joining City government in leading by example through the green retrofits all buildings should make – and that’s no small feat.”

The current NYC Carbon Challenge participants make up over 255 million square feet of real estate and account for nearly seven percent of citywide building-based emissions.

It may not be the Paris Agreement on climate change, but some of the city’s top hotels are promising to do their part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The sixteen participating hotels include: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 1 Hotel Central Park, Crowne Plaza Times Square, Dream Downtown, Grand Hyatt New York, Hotel Pennsylvania, Hudson Hotel, Loews Regency Hotel, Lotte New York Palace, The Pierre – A Taj Hotel, The Peninsula New York, InterContinental New York Barclay, InterContinental New York Times Square, Roger Smith Hotel, Waldorf Astoria New York, and the Westin New York at Times Square. These hotels represent almost 10 million square feet, accounting for more than 11,000 rooms.

Barnard College, New York University, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens are among the institutions that have already met that goal.

Reducing emissions isn’t just a good PR move for the major hotels signing on to clean up their energy: doing so will also cut costs associated with reducing energy waste, according to Donna De Costanzo of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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“The private sector plays an important role in meeting the City’s climate change goals, and the Challenge demonstrates how taking steps to reduce emissions makes good economic, as well as environmental sense, for all,” Costanzo said in a statement Tuesday.

As the NYC Carbon Challenge gains more momentum, the number of solar installations in the city more than doubled since de Blasio took office. The project has been around since 2007, but de Blasio announced a significant expansion back in September, at the same time as he introduced a “retrofit accelerator” that would allow landlords to renovate their buildings for maximum energy efficiency.

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