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Coastal cities such as New York face a number of challenges due to rising global temperatures. Under the new plan, very high-end forecasts indicate that New York City could see sea level rise of up to 30 inches by 2050 and an average rainfall increase of 13% per year. The city is also facing rising average temperatures and the frequency of heat waves. All of these factors would alter the viability of the city and endanger vulnerable populations. Achieving the city`s climate goals is not an easy task and requires the active participation of New Yorkers to redevelop the buildings in which we live, the places where we work, the way we travel and the goods we consume. The city must prioritize the resources, policies and programs that facilitate this transition. “Big problems require big solutions and New Yorkers are already working hard to achieve the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement,” said Mayor de Blasio. “In the Trump era, cities must be at the forefront of the fight against climate change. Warmer summers and powerful storms, exacerbated by climate change, pose an existential threat to a coastal city like ours, and that is why we must act now. The 1.5-C action plan accelerates the city`s 2014 roadmap to 80×50 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. It describes the pace, scale and impact of the work required to achieve the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group`s goal of achieving the city`s emissions by 2020. NYC`s progression to 80 x 50 continues: our air is cleaner, our energy is greener, and we send less waste to landfills. To keep the global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the city must implement a priority subset of its 80 x 50 strategies by 2020 to accelerate greenhouse gas reduction.

The plan clearly outlines the pace, scale and impact of the measures in the built environment as a whole, needed to align NYC`s measures with the outcome of the 1.5 degree Celsius Paris Agreement – and forces the city to take a leadership position in the development of a global carbon neutrality protocol. The success of the Paris Agreement depends more than ever on cities like New York putting their resources, innovation and leadership at stake. To avoid the worst effects of climate change, cities around the world must significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit the increase in global average temperature to a level well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and go even further to support joint efforts to limit temperature increases to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius. The plan identifies the steps the city will take to reduce its carbon footprint The city has released “1.5 degrees Celsius: Aligning New York City With the Paris Climate Agreement” [PDF!] the first plan of its kind that outlines a plan to reduce the city`s carbon footprint. The Mayor`s Office for Sustainability has identified the measures that the various city authorities will have to take over the next few years in terms of recycling, energy consumption, transportation, waste management, buildings and carbon neutrality. Following President Trump`s announcement in June 2017 of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, Mayor de Blasio signed an executive order requiring New York City to pursue the agreement`s goal of limiting global temperature rise. This month, the city released 1.5 degrees Celsius: New York City`s alignment with the Paris climate agreement.

Buro Happold contributed 1.5 degrees Celsius as political and technical advisor to C40 Cities, which supported the development of the action plan, and worked closely with the Mayor`s Office for Sustainability and municipal authorities to prioritize 31 measures and analyze their impact on greenhouse gas emissions and benefits. , such as job creation, affordable prices and security of failures.