Department of Environmental Protection


Air Quality, Energy & Sustainability

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

RGGI Strategic Funding Plan: Years 2023 through 2025


Clean Transportation - April 4th, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Watch Meeting Recording View Presentation Slides

All Topics | Hybrid Event - April 11th, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Watch Meeting Recording View Presentation Slides

Buildings, Grid, and Refrigerants - April 13th, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Watch Meeting Recording View Presentation Slides

Carbon Sequestration - April 18th, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Watch Meeting Recording View Presentation Slides

Climate Change Solutions Voting Results

From June 9th- July 11th we asked the public to vote on which climate change solutions that reduce emissions, provide clean energy, and increase equity were most important. Using an online tool called “Your Climate Solution Ideas,” we collected over 241,000 votes from users across the state.

The tool presented users with two randomly selected, climate change solution ideas from a list of project ideas that the agencies could fund with RGGI dollars. Users then selected the option that was more important to them or submitted their own idea instead that was added into the list of climate change solution ideas. The tool then ranked all the ideas in the system based on the likelihood that a given solution will be favored over any other randomly selected solution in the list using an algorithm.

The results are in! Read the full results from the tool here.

Public Information Session: June 9th, 2022

RGGI Strategic Funding Plan: Years 2020 through 2022


June 17th Adoption Rules to Rejoin RGGI

On June 17, 2019, the Department adopted its rules related to rejoining RGGI. The two rules govern New Jersey’s reentry into the RGGI auction and distribution of the RGGI auction proceeds.

RGGI Scoping Document

In October of 2019, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), and New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) released the RGGI Strategic Funding Plan Scoping Document to inform the public about the legal and regulatory framework surrounding the distribution of the RGGI auction proceeds. The agencies also hosted 4 interactive workshops and a webinar to gather public input about how the state should invest auction proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Links to the Scoping Document, public presentations, breakout questions and the webinar are provided below.

South | NJDEP - Atlantic Cape Community College : November 7th, 2019

North | NJBPU - New Jersey Institute of Technology : November 18th, 2019

Central | NJEDA - Rutgers New Brunswick : November 25th, 2019

Coastal | NJDEP - Township of Ocean, West Park Recreation Center : December 6th, 2019

Webinar : December 12th, 2019

Related Legislation and Other Resources

Climate actions in New Jersey are governed by two overarching pieces of State Legislation; N.J.S.A. 26:2C-37, et seq, known as the Global Warming Response Act, and N.J.S.A. 26:2C-45, et seq, sometimes referred to as the Global Warming Solutions Fund Act. The Global Warming Solutions Fund Act provides the statutory authority for both the CO2 Budget Trading Program and the Global Warming Solutions Fund rules. The NJ Legislature Web Site offers New Jersey Statutes online. Select the link for Statutes on their Website and use the site's lookup options if you would like to access the statutory authority.

CO2 Budget Trading Program Rule Proposals

Global Warming Solutions Fund Rule Proposal

Press Releases

2018 Public Information Session

On March 29, 2018, DEP hosted a public information session/webinar about NJ’s path to re-joining RGGI.  A link to the presentation and summary notes from that meeting are provided below.