Cities are seeking implementation methods to reduce their carbon emissions. One of these is carbon trading. This process is by no means new, but it is a game-changer when used as a city-wide policy. New York City appears to be moving forward with implementing Local Law 97’s building emission cap, and carbon trading could be a very feasible solution to buildings that overproduce emissions. Below is an example of how carbon trading works:
Let’s say Building A has six carbon credits, where a carbon credit is a permit that allows the company that owns it to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases. Building B also has six carbon credits but has produced emissions over its cap. If Building A reduces its emissions and only uses three carbon credits, they could sell the remaining three carbon credits to Building B, which means Building A realizes a revenue and Building B becomes compliant. In this system, both parties benefit.
- Buildings covered by emission caps (typically, buildings with at least 25,000 square feet).
- Buildings that quantifiably and repeatedly produce fewer greenhouse gases than their cap are eligible to earn carbon credits.
- Promote environmental justice by unlocking new funds for investment in buildings.
- Provide flexibility for building owners to find the lowest-cost path to compliance with Local Law 97.
- Incentivize earlier carbon savings from buildings by rewarding owners who act sooner to implement energy efficiency upgrades.
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