NYCHA must make efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030 and 80 percent by the year 2050, relative to such emissions for calendar year 2005 for their buildings portfolio.
If NYCHA determines that such emissions reduction is not feasible despite the best efforts of city government operations, the findings must be reported along with recommendations for actions that to achieve the requested compliance.
City owned buildings, while not obligated to report to the Department of Buildings, are not exempt from Local Law 97. In fact, City owned buildings have a more aggressive schedule for emission reductions, and are required to accomplish a 40% reduction in emissions by 2025, and a 50% reduction by 2030, both relative to such emissions for calendar year 2005. Most City owned buildings are owned and operated by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).
City owned buildings also include cultural institutions as defined by the Department of Cultural Affairs for which the City pays all or part of their energy bills. Senior colleges in the City University of New York system are not considered City owned buildings.
State and Federal Buildings are exempt from Local Law 97.