“New York State Requires Study of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Environmental Impact Review”

On July 16, 2009, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced a new policy that requires greenhouse gas emissions to be studied as part of the environmental impact assessment conducted under the State Environmental Quality Review Act for certain large projects. The new policy, entitled Guide for Assessing Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in an Environmental Impact Statement, was first proposed in March and becomes effective on August 15, 2009. In establishing this policy, New York State follows the actions of Massachusetts, California and Washington, which have already incorporated climate change analyses into their environmental review processes. Certainly, other states will follow this trend.