In an effort to reduce the city's carbon footprint, Columbus City Council this week approved an ordinance requiring large commercial, public and industrial building owners to report their energy use annually.
It takes effect in 2021, and the city says it comes with no cost to businesses. The city says energy benchmarking helps determine whether a building is using more or less energy compared to buildings of similar occupancy and size. The energy use is scored to encourage owners to make improvements. Columbus is one of 30 U.S. cities to enact such a policy.