New York State multiplies offshore wind target

New York State has passed a bill to reduce CO2 emissions by 70 percent by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality in 2050. The legislation entails installing 9 GW of offshore wind.

The New York Senate in Albany has just ratified a climate bill committing the state to reduce CO2 emissions by 70 percent by 2030, relative to the level in 1990. The legislation also sets its sights on achieving carbon neutrality in 2050. The ambition is to reduce emissions by 85 percent, while the remaining 15 percent will be offset by various forms of atmospheric carbon removal.

New York's plan takes its inspiration from the strongly polarizing Green New Deal – a set of ideas introduced by, among others, House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who prescribes methods for accelerating climate change mitigation efforts and simultaneously combating social inequities. The Green New Deal was blocked by the Republican-dominated federal Senate. Republicans claimed the proposal would damage US industry.

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