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New York Local Law 97


What is New York Local Law 97?

Local Law 97 is a landmark legislation passed in April 2019 and part of New York City’s broad commitment to reduce gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. It aims at making significant strides in the city’s efforts to combat climate change and transition to a more sustainable future.

Local Law 97 is considered one of the most ambitious climate policies in the United States.

The main goal of Local Law 97 is to combat climate change and promote sustainability by imposing strict emissions caps on large buildings in New York City.


What does it mean for buildings?

Under Local Law 97, building owners are required to meet certain emissions intensity limits, measured in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per square foot. Local Law 97 sets its limits based on ENERGY STAR Porfolio Management tool. The emissions limits are set to take effect in 2024 and will become progressively stricter over time, with reductions required by 2030, 2035, and 2050. Building owners who fail to meet the carbon emissions caps will face significant fines.

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Do you need to take action?

Local Law 97 targets:

- Buildings that exceed 25,000 gross square feet;

- Two or more buildings on the same tax lot that together exceed 50,000 square feet;

- Two or more buildings owned by a condo association that are governed by the same board of managers and that together exceed 50,000 square feet.

Concretely, the law impacts nearly 60% of the city’s building area (including 59% residential and 41% commercial). So far, many buildings are significantly above emissions limits.

To comply with Local Law 97, building owners have several options. They can improve energy efficiency, retrofit their buildings, adopt renewable energy sources, or purchase carbon offsets. The law also provides incentives and financing programs to help building owners implement the necessary changes.

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How we can help

How can Ento help you?

Meeting the carbon emissions cap will be challenging for many building owners currently above emissions limits. But Ento’s energy management platform can greatly assist you!

Our platform is designed to help businesses track energy performance and consumption over time, enabling them to monitor progress toward energy-saving goals. It provides you with a comprehensive energy consumption analysis, identifies the most efficient improvements for your building, and helps you prioritize actions that align with Local Law 97's stringent requirements.

By implementing our AI-driven recommendations and verifying energy savings using the IPMVP method for accuracy and accountability, you can optimize energy usage, reduce costs, and enhance efficiency.

Take the next step toward sustainability and let Ento be your guide. Together, we can achieve your energy management goals and make a lasting impact on your building's performance.

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