Governor Kathy Hochul has announced significant energy-efficient lighting upgrades for One World Trade Center, marking an important step in New York’s commitment to sustainability and energy conservation.
The United States’ tallest building has undergone a transformation with over 6,500 fluorescent light fixtures replaced by LED lights. This nearly $3 million initiative, executed in collaboration with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is estimated to save approximately $64,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs. The upgrade will also reduce the building’s carbon emissions by around 130 metric tons each year.
“As part of the Port Authority’s comprehensive roadmap to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the agency is working to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of its buildings with energy efficiency initiatives like this one,” said Port Authority executive director Rick Cotton. “By partnering with NYPA, we are modernizing and improving One World Trade Center while reducing emissions, reducing costs, and reducing needed maintenance. We will continue to identify and execute on opportunities to eliminate emissions and enhance our facilities.”
This project is a part of NYPA’s larger mission under BuildSmart 2025, involving various energy technology and renewable energy services. The initiative aims to reduce energy consumption in buildings by 185 trillion BTUs by 2025, correlating to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. New York’s comprehensive climate plan sets ambitious goals, including achieving a zero-emission electricity sector by 2040 and economy-wide carbon neutrality by mid-century.