Transatlantic Energy Dialogues

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Carbon Trading for Buildings? Insights from the German Emissions Trading Program

In the fall of 2019, Germany adopted novel climate legislation that calls for the establishment of a trading program for carbon emissions from the transportation and building sectors. The new law, which has already generated substantial controversy, will take effect in 2021. Pursuant to Local Law 97 of 2019, New York City is considering adopting an emissions …

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Electrifying Buses in New York City: Insights from Québec

An international leader in vehicle electrification, Québec has committed to a suite of ambitious measures to decarbonize its transportation sector. For instance, the city of Montreal has pledged to acquire only electric vehicles for public transit beginning in 2025 — several electric buses are already on the road — and Québec has joined CALSTART’s “Drive …

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Curbing Cars: A Transatlantic Dialogue on New Urban Mobility

Cities’ reliance on motor vehicles imposes myriad public health and environmental challenges. In New York City, for example, officials estimate that fine particulate matter pollution from motor vehicles contributes to 320 premature deaths in New York City each year, which is approximately the same number as die from homicide. In Germany, the situation is not …

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Greening New York City’s Homes: A Transatlantic Dialogue with Baden-Württemberg

The Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law hosted an event entitled, “Greening New York City’s Homes: A Transatlantic Dialogue with Baden-Wurttemberg.” 1 CLE credit in the Areas of Professional Practice category   Keynote address:  Franz Untersteller, Minister of the Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector, Baden-Württemberg As the Trump Administration rolls back federal …

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Leading the Green Revolution: Danish Perspectives on Building Energy Efficient Cities

A global leader in energy efficiency, Denmark has roughly halved energy consumption in its buildings over the last 40 years. Denmark’s experience may offer considerable insights for other countries and cities seeking to reduce their carbon footprints. On April 11, the Guarini Center welcomed Peter Bach, chief adviser on energy efficiency at the Danish Energy …

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Building Demand for Efficient Buildings: Insights from the EU’s Energy Disclosure Regime

In late 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed expanding the scope of New York City’s hallmark building energy disclosure law, Local Law 84, to cover midsized buildings. The proposed expansion could prove critical to the City’s pollution-reduction goals. Yet, without also addressing the means by which energy information is communicated, Mayor de Blasio’s proposal is …

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Lessons from Afar: Innovative Energy Efficiency Policies from Across the Atlantic

On December 14th, the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School and Urban Green Council, will hold a discussion on, “Lessons from Afar – Innovative Energy Efficiency Policies from Across the Atlantic.” The event is free, but space …

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The German Energy Transition: Debating Implications for New York State

On April 29, 2015, the Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law and the Ecologic Institute hosted an event entitled, “The German Energy Transition: Debating Implications for New York State.” A summary of the discussion highlighting key takeaways and next steps can be downloaded here. A recording of the event can be viewed …

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