State of New Jersey - NJ Global Warming

On December 15, 2008, the State released draft report for stakeholder input as required by the New Jersey Global Warming Response Act. The report provides analyses on significant sources of GHG emissions, and outlines policies as well as legislative and regulatory actions that are needed to achieve the Statewide 2020 greenhouse gas limit established under the Act.

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Summary of the draft report

Specifically, the draft report:
  1. Demonstrates how the State's implementation of the New Jersey Energy Master Plan, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the New Jersey Low Emissions Vehicle program puts New Jersey on track with meeting its 2020 statewide greenhouse gas limit;
  2. Outlines additional supporting recommendations that also are expected to result in emissions reductions gains in the 2020 timeframe;
  3. Provides a framework for attaining the State’s 2050 limit, encompassing the State’s initial thoughts on longer term, broader based recommendations that would involve a shift towards a greener New Jersey in most key sectors of the economy;
  4. discusses the fact that despite the State’s best efforts to meet its ambitious GHG limits, New Jersey is already experiencing, and will continue to experience, ecological, public health and economic impacts from the current emissions of GHGs already present in our ecosystems requiring the State to develop an adaptation and preparedness plan; and
  5. Outlines the necessary implementation steps that New Jersey must take over the next 18 months in order to meet the statewide 2020 limit, and put the State on the right path for achieving the statewide 2050 limit.
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Stakeholder process

On January 6, 2009, the State initiated a series of six stakeholder meetings to solicit input on the Draft Global Warming Response Act Recommendations Report released by State in December, 2008. Written comments were also accepted.

Below, please find summaries of stakeholder feedback for each of the six meetings. These summaries capture the nature of the discussion topics and issues raised. They are not transcripts. Additionally, you will find copies of the agendas, relevant recommendations, and focus questions from each meeting.

We are currently reviewing all comments received to consider how they may impact the final report.

We thank those of you who participated in these meetings or submitted written comments.

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Summary of comments and related documents

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