Governing Law and Regulations
Reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Mandatory reporting: New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC) 7:27-8, NJAC 7:27-21.3, and 40 CFR 98
GHG reduction targets: Executive Order (E.O.) 54 (2007) and New Jersey Statutes Annotated (NJSA) 26:2C-39
CO2 cap-and-trade program: E.O. 7 (2018), NJAC 7:27-2.28, and NJAC 7:27C
Global Warming Solutions Fund: E.O. 7 (2018), NJSA 26:2C-50 to 26:2C-53 and NJAC 7:27D
Vehicle GHG emissions: NJSA 26:2C-8.17 and NJAC 7:27-29
Other climate change initiatives: E.O. 28 (2018)
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Air Quality, Energy & Sustainability (AQES)
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Greenhouse gas (GHG) annual reporting is required on the federal level under 40 CFR 98. An applicable source must comply with the federal GHG reporting program.
New Jersey has developed statutes and regulations that address GHG emissions in order to meet state-established GHG emissions reduction targets.
• Administration and enforcement. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Air Quality, Energy & Sustainability (AQES) administers the state's GHG management programs to address GHG emissions.
REPORTING GHG EMISSIONS
NJAC 7:27-8, NJAC 7:27-21.3, and 40 CFR 98
State. In New Jersey, carbon dioxide (CO2) is specifically designated as a pollutant and must be reported as part of the annual emissions inventory by certain sources. In addition, applicable sources must also include methane emissions in their annual emissions inventory submitted to the DEP.
Federal. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ...