Franz Litz

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Major New York State Climate Protection Policies: 

Major New York State Climate Protection Policies Franz Litz Climate Change Policy Coordinator New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


Science Local Climate Solutions Benefits from Action Climate Messaging

Climate Science: 

Climate Science We know enough to act now.

Joint National Academies of Science Statement June 2005 : 

“There will always be uncertainty in understanding a system as complex as the world’s climate. However, there is now strong evidence that significant global warming is occurring. It is likely that most of the warming in recent decades can be attributed to human activities.” Joint National Academies of Science Statement June 2005

Joint National Academies of Science Statement June 2005: 

“The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action.” Joint National Academies of Science Statement June 2005

New York’s Climate: 

New York’s Climate Current and future changes in our climate will have serious impacts on New York and the Northeast.


New York City’s Coastal Infrastructure Long Island Coastline


Wilderness Areas—key economic engine for New York, part of our Northeast identity.


Preserving Our Quality of Life—and Healthy Tourism Industry—depends on Climate Protection


New York’s Oil & Gas Consumption Means Billions Leave the State Each Year NY Spent $55 Billion on Energy in 2005

Major New York Climate Protection Policies: 

Major New York Climate Protection Policies We can meet the climate protection challenge. Our economy will benefit. Our national security will benefit. Our quality of life will improve.

Major New York Climate Change Initiatives: 

Major New York Climate Change Initiatives Overall State Reduction Targets (2002) 5% Below 1990 Levels by 2010 10% Below 1990 Levels by 2020


Lead by Example Measures (2001) 35% reduction in energy use by 2010 20% state energy consumption from renewables by 2010 100% all state vehicles will be zero emission, hybrid or alternatively fueled by 2010


Vehicle GHG Emissions Standards— Beginning with 2009 Model Year 30% reduction in vehicle greenhouse gas emissions Tax Incentives and direct investment in biofuels; alternative-fuel vehicles Cleaner Mass-Transit, e.g., hybrid electric buses. Green Vehicle Incentives (Green EZPass, HOV Lane Rules)


Aggressive Energy Efficiency/Clean Energy Program ($300 million annually) Appliance and Equipment Efficiency Standards Green Building Tax Credit


Since 1995, preservation of 1 million new acres Open Space Acquisitions Urban Forestry


Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard—25% of all electricity from renewable sources by 2013. Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to Reduce CO2 Emissions from Power Plants through Mandatory Cap-and-trade Program

Background : 

April 2003 Invitation from New York Governor Pataki 3 Year Design Process December 2005 Memorandum of Understanding (7 States) Maryland to Join Background

Designing RGGI: A Cap-and-Trade Program: 

Identify Sources to be Covered Determine Total Emissions from Covered Sources & Set Cap Issue Allowances (1 per ton) & Distribute Trade Sources Cover Emissions with Allowances and/or Offsets Designing RGGI: A Cap-and-Trade Program


Emissions Reductions: first stabilize emissions, then reduce by 10% by 2019 ~13% below 1990 levels; ~35% below business as usual Energy Efficiency Incentives Investments in EE can yield reduction credits that may be sold (i.e. offsets) Revenue from the sale of emission allowances/permits may be used to fund EE projects


Reduction Credit/Offsets Opportunities: Natural Gas, Propane, Heating Oil Efficiency; Convert Land to Forest; Landfill Gas Capture & Combustion; Methane Capture from Animal Operations SF6 Leak Prevention (electricity transmission). Future opportunities: wastewater treatment methane capture; vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction credit for fleets.


Franz T. Litz Climate Change Policy Coordinator New York Department of Environmental Conservation

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