Los Angeles buildings are responsible for 43% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, more than any other sector, according to Councilman Nithya Raman, who is leading the effort.
According to her proposal, a zero-emission new building would not allow gas lines, but would run heaters and other devices with electricity. The devices in the buildings must also be energy-efficient.
Once Los Angeles transitions to 100% renewable energy — which the city aims to achieve by 2035 — the buildings would be powered by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy’s carbon-neutral grid.
The motion was introduced by Raman with Council President Nury Martinez and Council members Mitch O’Farrell, Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Paul Koretz.
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“The reality is that all the low-hanging fruits of emissions reduction are gone and buildings really are a huge source of our city-wide greenhouse gas emissions, more than the manufacturing sector and more than cars here in LA,” Raman said. “I think we really need to focus on buildings, and that’s what this motion intends to do.”
The motion calls for an implementation plan within 180 days from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety with support from the Attorney’s Office and the Climate Emergency Mobilization Office for an ordinance and regulatory framework that would take effect no later than January 1.
“We can see on the horizon right now what will happen to Los Angeles and California, to this country and to this world if we don’t go beyond what we believe is our reach,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the February press conference notification of the proposal.
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