EMPIRE STATE BUILDING GOING GREEN FOR CLIMATE WEEK NYC
It is the fourth year in a row that the Empire State Building has been the official Lighting Partner for the summit, which is organized by The Climate Group annually to showcase climate leadership from business and sub-national governments.
The exterior lights above floor 72 will go green from sunset tonight until 2:00AM on Saturday in a further show of support for the summit, which also counts the City of New York as an official partner.
Climate Week NYC 2017 is taking place from September 18-24 and is the collaborative space for over 100 affiliate events in support of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEADER
The lights that will illuminate the top floors of the famous tower are powered by a computer-driven light-emitting diode (LED) system. Energy efficient lighting is central to The Climate Group’s LED-scale up program, which calls for every city and utility in the world to switch to LED street lighting – or the energy efficient equivalent – by 2025. With potential energy savings of up to 50-70%, LED lighting is viewed as an immediate opportunity to drive significant emissions reductions.
The building underwent a ground-breaking energy efficiency retrofit recently with partners including Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, JLL, NYSERDA, and Rocky Mountain Institute. The project is projected to save 38% of the building's energy and US$4.4 million annually.
Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) , praised the Empire State Building’s retrofit at CWNYC event in 2014, saying: “What could be more symbolic of a city’s net zero efforts?”
The ninth Climate Week NYC was launched by The Climate Group at a high-level Opening Ceremony on Monday which saw the launch of a global #ClimateOptimist campaign, aimed at changing the dominant narrative on climate change. The campaign is based on a recent survey which shows that a majority of people globally are optimistic about our ability to address climate change, with 64% of global citizens believing it is solvable if we take action now.
The Climate Group also launched a ground-breaking new campaign on electric vehicles (EVs) on Tuesday at a special event at Spring Studios. The EV100 initiative aims to fast track the global transition to electromobility; by signing up, companies can use their collective buying power and influence to build demand, cut costs and remove barriers to adoption.
Climate Week NYC 2017 also saw five major companies join The Climate Group’s RE100 campaign, run in partnership with CDP, committing to source 100% renewable power across their global operations. Global financial institutions Citi and JPMorgan Chase & Co. were announced as new campaign members on Tuesday along with one of the fastest-growing beverage companies, Califia Farms, and UK investment management company Jupiter Asset Management. Leading global financial services firm Morgan Stanley also joined the campaign on Friday.
BUSINESS AND SUB-NATIONALS DRIVING US CLIMATE ACTION
A new report was also launched on Monday which shows how ambitious climate commitments from US states, cities and businesses could significantly mitigate the impact from President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement.
The findings from the report - ‘States, cities and businesses leading the way: a first look at decentralized climate commitments in the US’ – which was authored by NewClimate Institute and The Climate Group and powered by CDP data, show that the US could meet half of its climate commitments under the Paris Agreement by 2025, if the 342 commitments included in the analysis are implemented.