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Sparking ambitious action on climate: New York Governor Hochul raises the bar during Climate Week NYC

By: Ryan Dalton, Siemens USA Head of External Affairs (Northeast)

Growing up in the shadows of a Bethlehem Steel plant near Buffalo, NY, Governor Hochul talked during Climate Week 2021 about memories of amber orange skies and ominous fumes plaguing the air as she played with friends at the local playground. Now as New York’s chief executive, Governor Hochul announced at the Javits Center a series of policy measures to combat our current climate change threats just as the federal Clean Air Act did in the 1970’s.

 

Complementing New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, Governor Hochul is establishing the first of its kind state-level air-quality monitoring program. Real time air-quality monitoring ensures New York businesses are meeting their 2030 and 2050 emission-reduction targets and provides quality data for informed policy making. Siemens is a full partner on this effort; we are committed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030, and a net-zero carbon footprint by 2050 for our entire supply chain.

 

Our technology portfolio combined with know-how enables Siemens to set and meet our own climate goals. That combination also informs how we support our customers worldwide to develop and implement sustainability strategies. We help customers, cities and countries to do more with less and meet their individual sustainability goals in order to create distinct benefits for employees, people and society at large.

Our technology portfolio combined with know-how enables Siemens to set and meet our own climate goals. That combination also informs how we support our customers worldwide to develop and implement sustainability strategies. We help customers, cities and countries to do more with less and meet their individual sustainability goals in order to create distinct benefits for employees, people and society at large.

These technologies help reduce emissions and can capture data to inform decision making on resource use, which means bringing infrastructure online and bridging the gap between the real and digital worlds. As efficient technologies are coupled with an air-monitoring program, like that announced by Governor Hochul, data and technology are put to work to help policy makers determine which communities need priority investments to immediately reduce their emissions.  

 

One of the cost-effective ways to reduce emissions in priority communities is strategically located microgrids that can help bring clean power to neighborhoods that might historically be serviced by fossil fuel power plants and where air quality is poor. As Ruth Gratzke, President of Siemens Smart Infrastructure said, “Decentralized power systems like microgrids are supporting resilience, clean power, and environmental justice…we can both decarbonize our built environment and even make it less expensive to operate and maintain.”

 

With 2,500 employees working in New York, Siemens USA stands ready to support bold action on climate across the Empire State and in doing so accelerate sustainability and equitable solutions that will bridge our real and digital worlds with smarter infrastructure.

Published: October 13, 2021