Port Authority pledges to reduce its carbon footprint

Plans to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent

Via Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office

(NEW YORK, NY) — In a fight against climate change, Port Authority has vowed to cut its carbon emissions by 35 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050.

The first step? The agency will implement carbon-cutting measures throughout their New York and New Jersey facilities. LED lights will be swapped into airports, the World Trade Center, and bus terminals. Though a minor change, Port Authority anticipates others will follow and have even expressed interest in using offshore wind power facilities. Throughout New York and New Jersey, the agency hopes that cutting carbon usage will reduce its output by 22 percent, according to the New York Daily News.

Bigger investments include electric vehicles. Airport vehicles and “light duty” vehicles will be replaced with electric ones. The agency is also interested in piloting a fleet of electric cargo vans.

The time to care about climate change is now. According to a recent report, if the world warms up by 2 degrees Celsius, a big portion of New York City could be underwater.

“Either we end this problem or this problem will end us,” Said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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