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Ban on natural gas stoves in New York’s new buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions


New York is banning natural gas stoves and furnaces in most new buildings, a policy part of a national movement aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to The associated press.

The bill negotiated by Governor Kathy Hochul and her fellow Democrats in the legislature is part of the state budget and puts New York at the forefront of states focusing on building emissions.

When the phase-in starts in 2026, newly built buildings will have to forego fossil fuel-powered appliances in favor of appliances such as induction cookers and heat pumps that run on electricity.

The government mandate only applies to new construction and does not affect existing construction.

Speaking to media people, Hochul said, “I want to be very clear. I know people like to misinterpret this, but for people with existing gas stoves you can keep them. This is where our nation needs to go eventually. But I want to make sure be that the road to transition is not a bumpy one.”

The budget bill containing the ban was approved by lawmakers Tuesday night.

Republican officials and other opponents denounced the administration’s attempts to divert society from fossil fuel-burning equipment, particularly gas stoves, as heavy-handed encroachments on consumer choice. However, environmentalists say climate goals cannot be achieved without tackling homes and businesses, AP reported.

New York City’s new construction mandate avoids — at least for now — the more politically charged issue of replacing existing fossil fuel equipment. But critics say it will increase costs for new construction and put more strain on the electricity grid, while still limiting options for new home buyers.

The measure bans the installation of fossil fuel-powered equipment in new buildings, starting in 2026 for structures seven stories or less. The ban on larger buildings will take effect in 2029.

(with AP inputs)

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.