Requires state agencies to report on greenhouse gas emissions as a result of their operations.
Ayes (13): Thompson, Oppenheimer, Schneiderman, Parker, Serrano, Perkins, Stewart-Cousins, Foley, Marcellino, Leibell, Johnson O, Young, Padavan
Nays (1): Little
BILL NUMBER: S5689
TITLE OF BILL :
An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to requiring state agencies to report on greenhouse gas emissions as a result of their operations
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL :
The purpose of this bill is to encourage State agencies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS :
This bill would amend the Environmental Conservation Law relating to the annual requirement that State agencies conduct an annual environmental audit by requiring that such audits include a calculation of the amount of greenhouse gas emitted as a result of such agencies' operations. Each agency would be required to describe actual emissions, steps taken to reduce emissions and potential further actions to reduce emissions.
Science has shown that there has been a warming of the Earth's atmosphere. This warming will cause changes that will impact New York State in the coming years. This legislation will help address the greenhouse gas emissions from the operations of the State.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
05/06/08: A.9169 Passed assembly
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
EFFECTIVE DATE : Immediately.