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Air Quality, Energy & Sustainability

The mission of Air Quality, Energy & Sustainability (AQES) is to protect human health and the environment from all air contaminants, including those that cause climate change, and to protect the public from unnecessary radiation exposure.

What's In YOUR Community

Community Corner’s mapping application. On the map you will find every facility with an air permit registered with the Division of Air Quality at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Climate Change

New Jersey is working to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change. So far, its efforts have been successful, with New Jersey’s attainment of the 2020 greenhouse gas reduction goal years ahead of schedule. New Jersey is now looking ahead to its 2050 Goal and is accelerating its transition to a low carbon economy through reducing its carbon pollution, expanding its clean energy infrastructure and building resilient communities.

Recycle Right NJ!

Recycling helps the environment and economy in many ways, but in order for our local recycling programs to continue to succeed, residents must do their part and keep unwanted items out of their recycling bins or carts. The DEP’s Recycle Right NJ social media campaign provides counties, municipalities and other organizations with 20 social media posts about the importance of putting only acceptable materials in curbside recycling bins or carts. Click here to learn more!

Sign Up to EnviroFlash!

Air quality affects how you live and breathe. Like the weather, it can change from day to day, or even hour to hour. Up-to-date information allows you to make decisions based on air quality forecasts. EnviroFlash comes to you through a partnership between the US EPA and your state or local air quality agency - notifying you about air quality so you don't have to go searching for it!

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Climate Change Taking Action Now!

Climate change poses a real, immediate and growing threat to New Jersey’s future. Learn about what New Jersey is doing to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Pollutants Breathe Easier!

Air pollutants, air toxics and greenhouse gases all have significant impacts on our health and the environment. Learn about the sources and impacts of air pollution in NJ.

Mobile Sources Driving NJ towards Cleaner Transportation

Transportation is the largest source of traditional air pollutants and greenhouse gases in New Jersey. Learn how to reduce your impact by greening how you get around.

Stationary Sources Focusing NJ’s Industry on Clean Air

Both large and small businesses keep NJ’s economy strong. Learn how New Jersey ensures that they also have the smallest impact on our health and environment.

Air Monitoring Check Current Air Quality!

See the current pollutant levels at our statewide air monitoring network, and find out about the potential impacts on your health.

Clean Energy New Jersey’s Clean Energy Picture

Even with one of the cleanest energy portfolios in the nation, NJ is still pushing for 50% renewable energy by 2030. Find out how here.

Sustainability People, Planet, Profit!

Since everything we need to survive depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment, we need to co-exist in harmony. Find out what you can do to help.

Radiation Protection Keeping NJ Safe!

Radiation is part of our daily lives – from technology to medical procedures to energy. Find out how New Jersey reduces your exposure and protects against emergencies.

Programs IN ACTION

Small Business Assistance Program

Small Business Assistance Program

The Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) helps New Jersey’s small businesses understand the complex world of environmental regulation. The services that we provide include the following: Consultations, Referrals, Guidance Documents, and Education & Outreach. The SBAP fosters Innovations, innovativing new ideas.

Volkswagen Mitigation Trust

Mitigation Plan For Volkswagen Mitigation Trust

In September & November 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) & the California Air Resources Board (CARB) alleged that Volkswagen had secretly installed defeat devices – software designed to cheat emissions test and deceive federal and state regulators.

Clean Air NJ

Clean Air NJ

Smog is our most persistent and problematic air pollutant Ground-level ozone, also known as smog, is an air pollutant known to cause a number of health effects and negatively impact air quality and the environment. Smog is often a summertime problem since weather plays a key role in the formation of ozone.

Drive Green

In New Jersey, transportation is the number one source of greenhouse gas pollution. Emissions from cars and light-trucks account for about 30% of the total hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen emission in the air

Of Special Interest

  • PaulBaldauf

    Meet Our Assistant Commissioner, Paul D. Baldauf

    On July 25, 2016, Paul D. Baldauf, P.E. was appointed Acting Assistant Commissioner of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability (AQES) Program and was made permanent October 6, 2016. In this role, Paul is responsible for the management and oversight of two divisions; Air Quality and Climate, Clean Energy Security and Radiation Protection.

  • Radon Detection

    The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Radon Section

    The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Radon Section conducts outreach activities to educate the public on the risks of radon and how homes can be remediated. These activities include formal educational slide presentations on radon awareness, participation in exhibits and conventions. A toll-free information line, (800) 648-0394, is maintained to provide information to the public on testing procedures and mitigation techniques. Free information packets are available upon request.

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  • GreenHouseGas

    Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

    Highlands – Governor Phil Murphy today signed an Executive Order mandating that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Board of Public Utilities begin the process of reentering the state into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The Christie administration withdrew from the regional compact in 2012, a decision that has forced New Jersey to fall behind on the critical goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the impacts of global climate change

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  • Recycle

    New Jersey is a national leader in recycling

    New Jersey has been a national leader in recycling for well over 30 years in large part due to the excellent job our municipal and county recycling programs do to get residents to actively participate in their curbside collection programs. Millions of tons of material are recycled annually thanks to these programs, saving landfill space, conserving New Jersey’s natural resources, strengthening our economy, and creating jobs.

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  • The New Jersey WasteWise Business Network

    New Jersey WasteWise Business Network

    Newsletter of the New Jersey WasteWise Business Network – WasteWise…improving your bottom line and the environment through waste reduction, recycling and recycled product procurement.

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  • News Releases

    NJDEP News Releases

    (19/P016) TRENTON – As part of the state’s comprehensive efforts to make New Jersey more resilient, the Department of Environmental Protection today announced that nonprofits, colleges and universities may apply for grants to develop projects that will assist the department in helping communities prepare for storms and sea-level rise.

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  • NJDEP Environmental Stewardship

    NJDEP Environmental Stewardship

    Air Compliance and Enforcement: provides oversight to stack emission testing compliance assistance, investigates complaints, conducts inspections, collects samples and gathers evidence, issues enforcement documents, both formal and informal, which may include assessed penalties, assists the Attorney General in developing enforcement cases and testifies in court AND negotiates compliance schedules and penalty settlements

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  • Community Corner

    What's In YOUR Community?

    Welcome to Community Corner’s What’s in My Community mapping application. On the map you will find every facility with an air permit registered with the Division of Air Quality at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

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