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Meeting New Jersey's Greenhouse Gas Limits

NJDEP photo - Island Beach State ParkThe New Jersey Global Warming Response Act establishes statewide limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, the law mandates the statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, approximately a 20 percent reduction, followed by a further reduction of emissions to 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050. The law further directs various state agencies to evaluate strategies and make recommendations for meeting the statewide limits.

In December 2009, the State released Meeting New Jersey’s 2020 Greenhouse Gas Limit: New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act Recommendations Report as required by the Global Warming Response Act. This report provides analyses of significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions, details a broad range of options for meeting New Jersey’s statewide 2020 greenhouse gas limit, and provides a framework for how the State needs to move forward to meet its statewide 2050 greenhouse gas limit.

The report addresses all major sources of greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey, including transportation, electricity generation, industry, residential buildings, and the commercial sector. The report also addresses sectors such as forestry and agriculture that naturally help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering (storing) carbon dioxide. In addition, the report includes macroeconomic and microeconomic analyses of a range of possible greenhouse gas reduction measures. As such, the report provides a comprehensive technical and financial framework for decision-making related to various greenhouse gas reduction strategies.

Public participation
A draft of this report was released for public review in December 2008. Throughout the month of January 2009, the state solicited input on these strategies through a series of stakeholder sessions, and received feedback from regulated and interested parties, including but not limited to: environmental organizations, industry, farmers, scientists, planners, and local governments, as well as experts in planning, transportation, waste, and innovative technologies. This input, combined with continued feedback from other state agencies, was valuable in helping the state to further clarify its recommendations and make sound science-based policy decisions.

Click here for information on the stakeholder process.

 

Since the release of the report, New Jersey has worked towards implementing a number of the recommendations outlined in the report.  Accomplishments include the following:

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