The Empire State Building is one of the first skyscrapers in New York that has already begun to address the problem.
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NEW YORK: It's a tall order indeed: How do you make aging, energy-hungry skyscrapers more efficient and less polluting? The city of New York, the historic capital of the skyscraper, is determined to do so by requiring the enormous buildings to drastically curtail their energy consumption.Traditional Yet those are precisely the buildings targeted by the Climate Mobilization Act, passed in late April by the City Council of the largest U.S. metropolis as part of its commitment to reduce emissions by 80 percent from now through 2050 .The law requires buildings of more than 2,300 square meters to reduce emissions by 40 percent by 2030 from their 2005 levels. It will affect the approximately 50,000 buildings that emit one-third of the city's greenhouse gases.More than 6,500 windows, three million light bulbs and 67 elevators were replaced or renovated to improve the building's insulation and cut its energy consumption, even as it was becoming much more densely occupied.
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