Guidehouse Assesses the Impacts of Climate Change on Equitable Access to Cooling in New York City

Report evaluates the impacts of climate change on indoor cooling needs in New York City to assess how these patterns will change under different climate scenarios

In addition to the frequency, intensity, and duration of extreme weather events, such as heat waves, climate change is expected to increase the average annual temperatures across New York State. As a result, the market expects to see a demand for cooling and electricity usage. Therefore, understanding how cooling usage patterns and needs will change under future climate conditions is essential.

In partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Guidehouse has published the report Climate Change: Equitable Access to Cooling in New York City. The report evaluates the impacts of climate change on indoor cooling demand in New York City and how these patterns will change under different climate scenarios. It also examines the economic and health impacts to heat-vulnerable populations and assesses technology and policy options to meet future residential cooling needs while minimizing increases in energy use and demand. The report offers research and insights to support ongoing work in addressing New York City’s challenges due to climate change.

For more information, read the report here (report 21-27 under Climate Change).

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