Greenhouse Gas Task Force
On June 10, 2001, Governor George E. Pataki announced the formation of a New York State Greenhouse Gas Task Force (the Task Force) to develop policy recommendations for reducing the State's GHG emissions.
The Greenhouse Gas Task Force will help New York build on its history of successes in promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies and transportation strategies that have helped it lead the nation in the efficient use of energy. New York is currently the most energy-efficient state in the continental United States on a per capita basis, accounting for less than five percent of the nation's primary energy use, although it is home to seven percent of the nation's population. In terms of energy intensity (Btu per dollar of Gross State Product), New York ranks second lowest in the continental United States, despite being the fourth largest energy user of all states. In 2000, the State's energy intensity was 44 percent below the national average. New York's energy efficiency translates directly into GHG efficiency, relative to other states. In 1999, New York's fuel combustion-related CO2 emissions per capita was 3.1 metric tons of carbon equivalent, compared with the national average of 5.4.