Our climate is making some drastic changes and our government and industries are making changes to adapt. These changes are things that many people are not aware; but should know, to some extent that will be altered over the next decades to counter the change and realize how mankind will adapt to this new challenge.
Efforts over the past decade to reduce emissions from the power sector have made New York’s electricity some of the cleanest in the nation, and now transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in New York.
The State is also working to reduce GHG emissions (including methane and hydrofluorocarbons) from buildings, food waste, and other sources outside the power and transportation sectors.
Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act
The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 establishes certain emission reduction limits as well as additional goals to address climate change. These requirements and goals include:
- Limit statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40% of 1990 levels by 2030 and 85% by 2050
- A plan to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across New York State’s economy
- 70% renewable electricity by 2030
- 100% zero emission electricity by 2040
Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emission Limit Rulemaking
DEC adopted 6 NYCRR Part 496, Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits. The rule adopts limits on the emission of greenhouse gases in 2030 and 2050, as a percentage of 1990 emissions, per the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. It applies to all emission sources in the State, but the rule does not itself impose compliance obligations.
Review the recently adopted rule here:Adopted Part 496, Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits
Value of Carbon Guidance
The Value of Carbon Guidance provides values for carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide for use by State agencies along with recommended guidelines for the use of these and other values by State entities, per the requirements of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019.
This is part of New York States memorandum concerning the state government attempt to monitor the production of supposed waste gases. I assume every state has its own statement pointing the direction their state in controlling a supposed waste. There was a time , here in the east where we had an abundance of trees that got in the way of progress. So for a period of over 100 years we, as a people cut them all down, or rather a huge share of them. I do know for substantiated fact that the CO2 will grow faster and bigger crops. May be the floricarbons and methane have a purpose also to our benefit. One thing I do know, it will not be by government decree that we find an answer to that riddle.