September 19, 2019 Comments Off on San Francisco to Require 100% Renewable CRE Buildings Views: 909 Bay Area, California News, Top California

San Francisco to Require 100% Renewable CRE Buildings

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to approve Mayor London Breed’s legislation to require large commercial buildings to use renewable or greenhouse-gas free hydroelectricity. Private commercial buildings over 500,000 square feet must transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2022. Buildings 50,000 square feet and larger must do so by 2030. The new phased-in clean electricity requirement is the first of its kind in the nation.

Mayor Breed says, “We must continue to lead the way in the fight against climate change, and we know that the building sector is a major contributor of climate-changing greenhouse gases.” She called the move to renewable energy “an important step” towards sustainability for the city.

The city says nearly half of citywide emissions come from buildings, and half of those emissions come from the commercial sector. The law is expected to reduce emissions from the city’s largest commercial buildings by an additional 21%.

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