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Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

Climate change is a reality. New York is fighting it.

Our future is at stake. That's why New York State is committed to the most aggressive clean energy and climate agenda in the country.

In 2019, we passed the nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act) to empower every New Yorker to fight climate change at home, at work, and in their communities.

New York's Nation-Leading Climate Targets

  • 85% Reduction in GHG Emissions by 2050
  • 100% Zero-emission Electricity by 2040
  • 70% Renewable Energy by 2030
  • 9,000 MW of Offshore Wind by 2035
  • 3,000 MW of Energy Storage by 2030
  • 6,000 MW of Solar by 2025
  • 22 Million Tons of Carbon Reduction through Energy Efficiency and Electrification

New York’s Climate Act builds on almost a decade of climate leadership by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Based on the latest climate science, the Climate Act’s targets are among the most rigorous of any major economy in the world. Every New Yorker will play a key role in protecting our communities and ensuring a sustainable future. Together, we will transform New York's economy, create new jobs, and stimulate industry and innovation, while building more resilient communities to benefit, and protect, all New Yorkers.

View the Climate Act Fact Sheet [PDF]

Climate Action Council to Lead the Transition

The New York State Climate Action Council (Council) is a 22-member committee that will prepare a Scoping Plan to achieve the State’s bold clean energy and climate agenda. The Council will also oversee the establishment of sector-specific advisory panels and working groups and will work in consultation with the Climate Justice Working Group and the Environmental Justice Advisory Group.

The Climate Action Council held a meeting on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 2 p.m. E.T.

View meeting agenda [PDF]
View meeting materials and recording 

View past meeting materials.

Advisory Panels

The advisory panels of the Climate Action Council and the Just Transition Working Group will host public meetings in September. The advisory panels will hold sector-specific discussions that will provide recommendations to the Council for consideration as it develops a Scoping Plan to achieve New York’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets. The Just Transition Working Group will help ensure an equitable transition for New York's workforce in the State's renewable energy economy.

Consistent with Executive Orders issued by Governor Cuomo and in keeping with measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19, the meeting will be conducted by teleconference. Members of the public are welcome to listen to the meeting via webcast.

The Transportation Advisory Panel will hold a meeting on Wednesday, October 21 at 3:30 p.m.
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Event number: 171 912 4708
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Phone number: 1-518-549-0500
Access code: 171 912 4708

The Power Generation Advisory Panel will hold a meeting on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
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Event number: 145 012 2871
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Phone number: 1-415-655-0003
Access code: 145 012 2871

The Energy-Intensive and Trade-Exposed Industries Advisory Panel will hold a meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET
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Event number: 171 055 4034
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Phone number: 1-518-549-0500
Access code: 171 055 4034

The Land Use and Local Government Advisory Panel will hold a meeting on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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Event number: 171 808 5629
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Phone number: 1-518-549-0500
Access code: 171 808 5629

The Energy Efficiency and Housing Advisory Panel will hold a meeting on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
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Event number: 171 015 3911
Event password: Energy20
Phone number: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 171 015 3911

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