Plan Targets 1% Of Buildings That Cause 86% Of PollutionBy Rich Lamb

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The city will phase out the use of polluting heavy oils to heat buildings and will begin building solar power plants on capped landfills, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday in his first update to a 4-year-old environmental plan that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2030.

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Under the plan, the phase-out of heavy oils from the city’s boilers would start right away and be completed by the 2030 deadline. It would reduce the presence of airborne fine particulate matter, which the city says is killing 3,000 residents each year and forcing 6,000 to seek emergency asthma treatment.

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The use of the heaviest heating oil, known as No. 6, would end by 2015. A lighter heating oil known as No. 4 would be eliminated by 2030. They would be replaced in part by natural gas and low-sulfur oil, the city said.

The change is aimed at the 1 percent of city buildings that produce 86 percent of the city’s building soot pollution. The mayor’s office said that the city would seek to encourage property owners to make the change right away, by working with energy companies to increase the distribution of natural gas and by making it easier for landlords to get permits for the work.

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The city also plans to use $40 million in federal stimulus funds to start a loan program to help property owners pay for energy-efficiency upgrades. The New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation would partner with the commercial lending industry and philanthropic organizations.

The shift is part of PlaNYC, which the mayor launched four years ago, on Earth Day 2007. Since then, the administration said, the city has added more than 200 acres of park land and increased transportation options. Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 13 percent from 2005 levels, the city said.

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Bloomberg said the city will explore public-private partnerships for renewable energy projects such as building solar power plants on top of larger areas of the city’s capped landfills.

On Thursday, Bloomberg also released some details of a previously announced program that will invite city residents to suggest ways to green the city while also connecting them to environmental projects and organizations.

The “Change by Us” program will ask residents how the city could improve energy efficiency, air quality and community composting efforts.

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Comments (5)
  1. sigusmunt Kreusz says:

    This is why this man should return to the private sector. His brilliant ideas and planning skills are wasted on our government structure that spends 90% of it’s time and money in arguing over non essential side issues like where a president,(whose mom was an American citizen) was born.
    Many of our great citizens in the past have been immigrants and many were born in foreign countries, including, if you want to be technical, John McCain.

    1. Gloria Guerriera says:

      Hey Siggy, which Bloomberg are you talking about.The arrogant guy we have for mayor. Who pays off his friends by giving them government jobs or contracts with taxpayer money and protects his friends who get in trouble by mking amess of taking down the Deutche Bank Building. Killing two firefighter in the process.

      1. KPMc says:

        Was Mike the mayor when you attended grade school? Because if so you have a real case as you apparently didn’t even learn basic writing skills. I, for one, was educated by the NYC public school system long before Mike was mayor, didn’t pay very much attention and had a terrible attendance record yet somehow I can write a coherent sentence. However did that happen? Oh, that’s right… I wasn’t raised by parents looking for the government to do everything for them… including raising their kids.

  2. Frank says:

    This is why this man should become President; he has brilliant ideas and initiatives.

    1. Gloria Guerriera says:

      He’s as brilliant as the guy we have now, that’s why we owe our lungs to the Chinese and at the rate he is spending money, we will probably never be able to repay. Thanks but no thanks.

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