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A recent amendment to the city’s mayoral energy policy, New York City aspires to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040. Previously, the goal was set at 50 percent by 2030, to be increased to 80 percent by 2050.
So how will that be achieved? One area where the city wants to go more sustainable is by using thermal transportation. In addition to other transit options, including bikes and public transportation, NYTrak, a pilot program being piloted on a limited number of electric bikes in the East Village, takes advantage of the buildings that house the bikes to heat and cool the vehicles.
New York will also be the first city in the country to use geothermal energy for heat pumps. According to city officials, 23 percent of the city’s energy is from buildings, the biggest single source of energy in the city, so they anticipate the use of geothermal heat pumps to reduce this share by 20 percent by 2040.
Here are more details about the initiative: