(BlOG POST) Breathe easy: New York City’s air quality has reached the cleanest levels in more than 50 years, thanks in large part to natural gas.
New York City’s natural gas consumption is climbing as the city continues to phase out the use of heavy fuel oils. Since 2008, more than 4,000 buildings converted to cleaner heating sources like natural gas. As a result, from 2008-2014 sulfur dioxide levels fell 67 percent across New York City. Importantly, the decreased levels were maintained despite fluctuations in average winter temperatures.