State of New Jersey - NJ Global Warming

The New Jersey Global Warming Response Act adopted statewide limits on greenhouse gas emissions in July 2007. 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.

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 carbon dioxide. As such, the report provides a comprehensive technical and financial framework for decision-making related to various greenhouse gas reduction strategies.

Meeting New Jersey’s 2020 Greenhouse Gas Limit: New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act Recommendations Report

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Public participation

A draft report was released for public review and input in December 2008.  Throughout the month of January 2009, the State solicited input on the draft through a series of public stakeholder sessions, and received feedback from regulated and interested parties, including but not limited to environmental organizations, industry, farmers, scientists, planners, local governments, and experts in planning, transportation, waste, and innovative technologies. Written comments were also accepted.  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.

Below, please find summaries of stakeholder feedback (both oral and written comments) for each of the six meetings.  These summaries capture the nature of the discussion topics and issues raised.  The summaries are not transcripts.  Additionally, you will find copies of the agendas, relevant recommendations, and focus questions from each meeting.

We thank those of you who participated in these meetings or submitted written comments.

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Download the draft report

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Summary of comments and related documents

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