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New York and New Jersey Port Authority announces climate policies

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The New York and New Jersey Port Authority recently released two environmental policies.

The first policy commits the agency to achieving the goal of achieving zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while the second policy sets the goal of halving direct greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse by 2030.

The policies will be presented to the agency’s board of directors for formal adoption in November. When adopted, they will make the port authority the first US transportation agency to set a net zero target for all emissions.

“With this important commitment to net zero by 2050, the port authority is addressing the severity of the climate crisis,” said port authority president Kevin O’Toole. “In line with the commitments made in 2018 when we became the first US transport agency to join the Paris Climate Agreement, and with the new policy goals and initiatives announced today, the agency is fully committed to act aggressively to do our part to mitigate the effects of climate change.

In addition, the authority also detailed initiatives, called Clean Dozen 2.0, designed to accelerate progress in reducing emissions. These initiatives focus on electrification, renewable and sustainable fuels, sustainable buildings and energy efficiency. They build on a set of 12 climate-focused projects launched in 2018.