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Energy Efficiency & Building Decarbonization

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Redesigning Buildings to Combat Climate Change

The 2025 statewide energy efficiency target will deliver near-term progress toward our goal of reducing emissions 85% by 2050.

New York’s six million buildings are responsible for around one-third of statewide greenhouse gas emissions. Advancing building energy efficiency and electrification is a cornerstone of the State’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality and meet emissions reduction goals.

Modernizing and decarbonizing New York’s buildings will also create healthier living and working environments, reduce consumer energy costs, and add thousands of local clean energy and energy efficiency jobs.

Our building decarbonization and energy efficiency targets are guided by the Climate Act Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., which sets a statewide target of 185 TBtu (trillion British thermal units) of cumulative energy savings in New York’s buildings by 2025. The total energy efficiency savings is equivalent to fueling and powering more than 1.8 million New York homes and represents a major step towards addressing climate change.

How We’re Transforming Buildings to Stand Up to Climate Change

Meeting New York’s building decarbonization and energy efficiency goals requires transforming how we design, heat, and power our homes, workplaces, schools, and industrial facilities. NYSERDA is directing investment in energy efficiency, especially in Disadvantaged Communities and for low-to moderate-income (LMI) New Yorkers, to ensure affordability and grid reliability as beneficial electrification of buildings advances statewide.

NYSERDA is working with affordable housing providers, utilities, and innovators to go beyond building-by-building solutions to strategies that can work block-by-block and community-by-community to achieve the level of decarbonization needed to address the climate crisis.

Here’s how:

Achieving Climate-Friendly Buildings

By 2050, 85% of New York buildings will use clean heating and cooling technologies, such as heat pumps and thermal energy networks.

Our building decarbonization and energy efficiency efforts will advance the health and well-being of New Yorkers while enhancing resilience to climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

By 2030, New York State will have 2 million homes and buildings equipped with heat pumps to provide electric heating and cooling and paired with energy efficiency.

These climate-friendly buildings will operate without fossil fuels and be designed with flexible loads or storage to respond to grid conditions and maintain service reliability. Clean energy incentives, financing, and product innovation will continue promoting building decarbonization as a cost-saving investment for homes and businesses alike. Capitalizing on key points in the building cycle, such as renovations, heating equipment replacement, and property transfer, will streamline energy efficiency and building electrification opportunities.

Transforming New York’s buildings will require a skilled workforce and support job opportunities across the State, with the potential to create 100,000 jobs in the coming decade.

Our Progress

We’re prioritizing building decarbonization and energy efficiency to achieve our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, create healthier communities, and increase energy affordability.

Progress will be measured by the cumulative energy savings across our buildings and industrial facilities compared to the forecasted energy use if New York continued business-as-usual from the 2015 baseline. The percentage of New York’s six million buildings that are efficient and decarbonized is a key metric to tracking our progress in meeting our emissions reduction and energy efficiency goals. The total investment in buildings and homes located in Disadvantaged Communities is also a critical indicator of our success.

Other indicators of our progress can be found on New York’s Clean Energy Dashboard.

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Over half of the required efficiency savings have been achieved or are in the pipeline to meet New York's 185TBtu energy goal.

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