(Reuters) – San Jose, the 10th most populous U.S. metropolis and political middle of Silicon Valley, on Tuesday moved to ban pure fuel in most new residential buildings starting subsequent yr.
With a unanimous vote by the 10-member metropolis council and Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Jose grew to become the biggest U.S. metropolis up to now to hunt to scale back greenhouse fuel emissions by favoring home equipment that run on renewable electrical energy sources over these powered by pure fuel.
The transfer by San Jose and others comes amid rising native and state opposition to the usage of pure fuel in buildings due to the fossil gasoline’s contribution to climate-warming emissions.
San Jose’s measure falls wanting an outright ban on pure fuel in new buildings such because the one handed by close by Berkeley, California, earlier this yr. The San Jose ban doesn’t embody high-rise buildings, however the council voted to review whether or not to incorporate buildings as much as seven tales in coming months.
San Jose, Berkeley and different cities adopting new constructing codes or pure fuel bans need buildings switched to electrical energy from a grid that’s powered by renewable power. Residential and business buildings account for about 12% of U.S. greenhouse fuel emissions, in response to the Environmental Safety Company.
Town’s new constructing codes ban pure fuel in new single-family and low-rise multi-family buildings starting in 2020. Different buildings should adhere to strict power effectivity necessities and set up infrastructure to allow switching to electrical home equipment sooner or later.
San Jose, dwelling to tech firms like eBay Inc and Cisco Techniques Inc, final yr adopted a objective of constructing all new residential buildings zero emissions by 2020, with the identical goal for business buildings by 2030.
Different giant U.S. cities like Los Angeles and Seattle are additionally contemplating legal guidelines that might drastically cut back pure fuel utilization in buildings.
Oil and fuel business teams have argued that pure fuel has helped reduce U.S. carbon emissions and is an inexpensive possibility for heating and cooking.
Reporting by Nichola Groom; Modifying by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Tom Hogue