Climate change is the single biggest environmental challenge facing the world today. Our State is ground zero for climate impacts, including rising sea levels, more intense and frequent storm events and flooding, and increasing temperature. The effects of climate change present real threats to New Jersey's economy, way of life, environment, and public health and safety. And, because the adverse effects of climate change may disproportionately impact our most vulnerable communities, our responses to these threats must also promote environmental justice.
Under Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order No. 100 (2020) (pdf), former Commissioner Catherine McCabe issued Administrative Order No. 1 (2020) (pdf) requiring the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to begin a regulatory reform effort to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and other climate pollutant emissions while making our natural and built environments more resilient to the impacts of climate change that we cannot avoid. These reforms represent a PACT with the residents of New Jersey to help them to both stave off the worst impacts of climate change and adapt to the unavoidable impacts already occurring in New Jersey. It is also a PACT across generations -- with our children and grandchildren – to create a more sustainable and resilient world in which they may thrive and enjoy our great state. The two overarching PACT initiatives include:
Modernizing environmental land use rules to respond to climate change by considering risks such as sea level rise and chronic flooding, and to facilitate climate resilience by supporting green infrastructure and renewable energy. To learn more about the Department’s rulemaking efforts pursuant to the REAL initiative.
Strengthening air pollution rules to help reduce future greenhouse gas and other climate emissions by improving the State's GHG reporting and inventory system and reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and short-lived climate pollutants. To learn more about the Department’s rulemaking efforts pursuant to the CPR initiative.