The Climate Pollution Reduction Grant program is a $5 billion program that will assist states, air pollution control agencies, tribes, and local governments in developing and implement strong climate pollution reduction strategies. For the reasons discussed below, REBNY believes that significant funds should be allocated to programs that will help building owners make needed efficiency and electrification investments to reduce emissions, improve local air quality, and reduce reliance on high-emitting power plants. By supporting the implementation of clean energy measures in large buildings, the EPA can help to drive innovation in the field and encourage the adoption of best practices that can be replicated in other buildings and in other cities across the country.
To do so, we encourage the EPA to support collaborative public-private partnerships as it works to expanding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings. These partnerships can bring together the resources and expertise of both the public and private sectors to accelerate the development and implementation of clean energy projects and drive innovation in the field.
We hope that the EPA will consider these points as it continues to implement the Inflation Reduction Act and allocates funding for climate pollution reduction efforts.