San Francisco: No Gas in New Buildings Starting Next Year November 16 2020

On November 13, 2020, Inside Climate News reported on the new San Francisco ban on natural gas in new buildings:

The city's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban natural gas in new buildings, meaning that stoves, furnaces and water heaters will no longer burn gas for heat. The city cited cost savings, public health benefits and the urgent need to wind down greenhouse gas emissions to help curb the rapidly warming climate for the move…

San Francisco now joins a growing list of municipalities—most of them in California—that are attempting to tackle the climate crisis by shrinking the massive climate footprint of their buildings. Residential and commercial buildings account for more than 40 percent of San Francisco's total greenhouse gas emissions, with the burning of natural gas responsible for the bulk of that…

Read this informative memo supporting the gas ban from the SF Department of Environment.

Thanks to NY-GEO member Bob Wyman for this tip.