Mayor Bloomberg marks new progress on PlaNYC

New York City Mayor and C40 Cities Chair Michael R. Bloomberg is pushing his city’s sustainability program even further with plans to convert New York City’s waste into clean energy.

In an announcement yesterday, the Mayor said:

“We have the most comprehensive sustainability program in the nation to green our city, but we have go further,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “New Yorkers generate more than 10,000 tons of solid waste every day and too much of it ends up in landfills. Using less, and recycling more are the most effective ways to address the problem, but this project will help us determine if some of that waste can be converted to safe, clean energy to meet the City’s growing power needs.”

Yesterday’s new Request for Proposals to build the state-of-the-art facility calls for private firms to submit plans for a pilot facility that will help the city meet its goal of doubling the waste diverted to landfills, part of the PlaNYC program. If successful, initial capacity to process 450 tons of waste per day will be expanded to 900 tons each day.

Globally, waste accounts for around 3% of greenhouse gas emissions, and C40 Mayors have strong powers to develop sustainable programs in this sector. In fellow C40 city Sydney, Australia, Lord Mayor Clover Moore has made waste management a part of the city’s action to combat climate change.

Mayor Moore said of Mayor Bloomberg’s announcement:

“One critical way for cities to address environmental sustainability is to move away from traditional methods of dumping waste in landfill,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore of Sydney, Australia. “In Sydney, we currently send all household waste to alternative waste treatment facilities which uses technology that includes anaerobic digestion. I congratulate the City of New York and Mayor Bloomberg on their new plan to reduce the amount of New York’s waste ending up in landfill. This is an important step in building a more sustainable city.”

Learn more about Sydney’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.