Monitoring

New Jersey Proposes Global Warming Response Act

The Global Warming Response Act (A3301/S2114), sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-22) and Senator Barbara Buono (D-18), requires mandatory limits on New Jersey’s global warming emissions from all sources. It is modeled after the California Global Warming Solutions Act, AB32 (Nunez/Pavley).

The act requires the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to establish a greenhouse gas reduction program to reduce the global warming emissions, primarily carbon dioxide, produced in New Jersey to below 1990 levels (roughly 20 percent below current levels) by 2020. Within a year of the act’s passage, the NJDEP is required to establish relevant global warming emissions inventories, prioritize sources for global warming emissions reductions and adopt rules and regulations to achieve reductions below 1990 levels by 2020. By January 2008, the act requires the NJDEP to establish a global warming emissions monitoring and reduction program and establish a series of interim emissions reduction requirements targeting specific sources to achieve the reductions. The act requires the NJDEP to identify, monitor and enforce projected and annual emissions from all sources, including emissions from electricity sources located outside of the state that import electricity for use in New Jersey, and to monitor emissions from all sources. The act requires that on or before January 1, 2009 and annually thereafter, the NJDEP must report back to the Governor and the legislature on current levels of global warming emissions and progress toward meeting the reduction requirements.