De Blasio assembles panel to address city emissions

Mayor Bill de Blasio has assembled a working group made up of some of the city's most important players in real estate, labor and energy to come up with a plan to cut building emissions in New York City.

The 40-member panel will meet for the first time today.

In September, de Blasio announced the city would embark on a mission to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. The first leg of that effort, officially titled "One City: Built to Last," is a 10-year plan to retrofit private and public buildings to be more energy efficient. Buildings are responsible for at least 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the city and the mayor said private real estate could voluntarily perform retrofits or face mandates.

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