A Urban Green Council report shows the COVID-19 pandemic barely dented New York’s emissions

One silver lining during the COVID-19 pandemic’s calamities was a drop in air pollution as economic activity and motor-vehicle use declined. Surprisingly, though buildings account for over 70 percent of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions, new research shows that changes in occupancy patterns during the first year of the pandemic did not yield comparable air-quality benefits. Improving the city’s emissions will apparently take more than commuters shifting from subways to Zoom.

In New York’s larger buildings, energy use dipped during the pandemic while reductions in CO2 emissions were less than expected, according to a recent study by the Urban Green Council (UGC), a

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