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NJ - New Jersey PACT - Regulatory Activity to Expect in 2021 for Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Land Use Regulation

This year will be busy for NJDEP, with the state’s wide-ranging efforts to address climate change moving into a rulemaking phase.

New Jersey’s Protecting Against Climate Threats (PACT) initiative was launched via Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 100 in early 2020, promising via NJDEP regulation to:

  • Establish a greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting program to identify all significant sources of statewide greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide and short-lived climate pollutants, and monitor progress toward the limits set forth in New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act;
  • Establish criteria to govern and reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and, where necessary, short-lived climate pollutants, including but not limited to, black carbon, hydrofluorocarbons, and methane; and
  • Integrate climate change considerations, such as sea level rise, into all of NJDEP’s regulatory and permitting programs, including but not limited to, land use permitting, water supply, stormwater and wastewater permitting and planning, air quality, and solid waste and site remediation permitting.

Commissioner McCabe’s Administrative Order No. 2020-01 established aggressive timeframes for these and other PACT-related actions, and NJDEP embarked on significant stakeholder efforts in 2020 to address these directives. Initial rulemaking proposals are expected to address air emissions and land use issues, as discussed below.

Enhanced Greenhouse Gas Regulation – Stationary and Mobile Sources

Stakeholder meetings were held throughout the year, with meetings in September and October focused on the development of regulatory standards for greenhouse gas emissions from various sectors, including utilities, the transportation sector, cargo handling, oceangoing vessels, and stationary sources.

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