New York becomes largest US city to ban new gas hookups

New York becomes largest US city to ban new gas hookups

The New York City skyline seen from the Summit One Vanderbilt observation deck on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. | Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Big Apple just became the biggest city yet to say goodbye to gas hookups in new construction. New York City Council passed a bill today that prohibits the combustion of fossilfuels in new buildings, effectively phasing out the use of gas for cooking and heating.

Addressing building emissions is critical to New York City meeting its climate goals; they’re responsible for 70 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. The ban will apply to structures under seven stories tall starting in 2024 and to larger buildings in 2027. The measure will drastically cut down on pollution that fuels climate change: according to a recent study by clean energy think tank RMI, it’ll slash 2.1 million tons of CO2 emissions by 2040, which has about…

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