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New York Enacts Strongest Climate Change Legislation in the United States

Bill includes path to net zero emissions, deep cuts to carbon pollution, strong renewable energy goals, and funding for frontline communities.

The New York State Senate and Assembly have passed a new climate law that puts New York on a path to net zero carbon emissions, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent, and codifies New York’s ambitious clean energy goals, including 70 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent emissions free power by 2040. The legislation also requires at least 35 percent of clean energy funding to benefit communities historically burdened by pollution or that are most at-risk from the effects of climate change. Governor Cuomo has agreed to sign the bill into law, which was negotiated with his administration prior to passage.

Sally Jewell, global board member and interim Chief Executive Officer of The Nature Conservancy said, “With passage of this climate legislation, New York is helping lead the nation as we tackle climate change. Thank you to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for your work to ensure this bill passed.”

Bill Ulfelder, New York Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy said, “We are thrilled that New York State has passed this landmark legislation, sponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky and Assemblymember Steve Englebright. Together, with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, they have reached a climate deal that will ensure New York is playing an appropriately major role in ensuring the United States significantly reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions and transitions our economy to a low-carbon future. We commend New York’s legislative leaders for their national climate leadership.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.