1. GWRA/ 80x50 / NJPACT rules
The NJ Global Warming Response Act of 2007 (updated 2019) (P.L. 2007, c.112; P.L. 2018, c.197) requires the state to adopt measures within specific timeframes so that harmful greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 80 percent, economy-wide, by 2050.
The GWRA 80x50 Report was written in response to the mandate in the Global Warming Response Act, to help identify the measures needed to reduce New Jersey's greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from their 2006 levels by 2050. This report builds on the state's ongoing efforts to address and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and serves as the third element of a comprehensive plan that evaluates New Jersey's greenhouse gas emissions from both energy and non-energy systems. The Report provides guidance, policies, and regulatory and legislative recommendations to meet the State's GHG emission reduction goals.
One recommendation in the GWRA 80x50 Report is to have 100% of car sales be electric by 2035. This equates to a little more than 5 million vehicles and is more ambitious than goals set in the EV Law (85% of car sales to be electric by 2040).
(NJ Protecting Against Climate Threats). Under Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order 100
, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is reforming regulations that will help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while making our natural and built environments more resilient to the impacts of climate change that we cannot avoid. NJDEP will:
- Complete a comprehensive accounting of greenhouse gas emissions that will enable New Jersey to focus on priority pollutants and limit them aggressively to meet our goals of reducing emissions to 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050.
- Enact new air pollution regulations that achieve critically needed reductions in carbon dioxide and short-lived climate pollutants (methane, hydrofluorocarbons, and black carbon) - technology forcing measures that pave the way for a new clean energy economy.
- Reform our environmental land use rules to help New Jerseyans better plan and build resilient communities by avoiding flood-prone areas, reestablishing chronically inundated wetlands, revegetating riparian areas, and encouraging green building and green infrastructure.
- Lead by example by ensuring that projects built with public funds integrate climate resilience measures so that taxpayer dollars are put to good use and also that infrastructure we build or fund provides lasting value in a changing world.