New Jersey

With a Democratic state government trifecta, New Jersey has made significant progress on climate action, especially in recent years.

Legislative Profile

Governor: Phil Murphy (D)

House: 52 (D) ǀ 28 (R)

Senate: 25 (D) ǀ 14 (R)

U.S. Climate Alliance Member

Emissions Reduction Targets

By 2030:

50%

By 2050:

80%

All targets relative to 2006 levels

2018 GHG Emissions By Sector (%)

  • Commercial
  • Electric
  • Residential
  • Industrial
  • Transportation
  • Other
Source: EIA State Energy Data System (SEDS)

Use the + icons in each policy area below to explore climate policy that has been passed at the state level, with links to relevant legislation and trackers. Policies in gray have not yet been passed in this state.

Climate Governance & Equity

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Climate Governance

Greenhouse Gas Targets

Emissions Reduction Target

50% by 2030 | 80% by 2050 Relative to 2006 levels

Mandate Source

2030: Voluntary – EO 274 (2021)

2050: Mandatory – A3301 – Global Warming Response Act (2007)

Climate Action Plan

2030: None

2050: 80×50 Report

Plan Status

Finalized

Climate Bureaucracy

Interagency Commissions/Task Forces

Non-Governmental Advisory Bodies

State Climate Portal

New Jersey Climate Portal

Lead by Example

ACEEE Score – 2 out of 2 points**

**The ACEEE Energy Efficiency Scorecard analyzes the policies and programs states adopt to save energy in public sector buildings and transportation fleets. States can earn up to 2 points.

Equity

Environmental Justice Community Designation

Mandate Source

N.J.S.A. 13:1D-157

Definition

“Overburdened communities” are defined as census block groups where at least 35% of households are low-income; at least 40% of residents are minority status or part of a State-recognized tribal community; or at least 40% of households have limited English proficiency.

Include race? Yes | Include income? Yes | Include pollution burden? No

State EJ Mapping Tools

EJ Community Benefit Requirement

EJ Bureaucracy

Adaptation & Resilience

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Governance and Planning

Governance Structures

EO 89 (2019) – Chief Resilience Officer & Interagency Council on Climate Resilience

Adaptation and Resilience Plans/Frameworks

Climate Hazard Mitigation Plans

Solutions and Funding

Building Codes, Land Use, and Zoning

S 2607 (2021) – Requires municipal master plan to include climate change-related hazard vulnerability assessment

Built/Hard Infrastructure

A 5053 (2021) – Environmental Infrastructure Projects Approved List

Grid Resilience Measures

Act 227–2018 (2018) – relates to electric distribution system resiliency reports

Green Stormwater Infrastructure

State Funding and Resources

S 2498 (2021) – Environmental Infrastructure Project Loans

Electricity

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Renewables and Energy Storage

Renewable Portfolio Standard

Target

50% by 2030

Legislation

AB 3723

Distributed Generation/Solar Carve-out

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Net Metering

SPOT Components – 5 out of 11*

Energy Storage Standard

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Shared Renewables

SPOT Components – 5 out of 6*

Grid and Utility Reform

Grid Modernization Plan

The GridWise Alliance’s Grid Modernization Index (GMI) evaluates and ranks the status of grid modernization efforts across all 50 states and D.C.

50-state Ranking – 11th

Interconnection Standards

SPOT Components – 5 out of 6*

Utility Green Power Option

SPOT Components – 2 out of 6*

New Utility Business Model Proceeding

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Buildings & Efficiency

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Energy Codes and Standards

Residential Codes

SPOT Components – 6 out of 6*

Commercial Codes

SPOT Components – 6 out of 6*

Stretch or Reach Codes

Building Performance Standard (BPS)

Appliance Performance Standard (APS)

Efficiency Programs and Financing

Weatherization Programs

SPOT Components – 4 out of 4*

Energy Efficiency Resource Standard

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

SPOT Components – 5 out of 10*

Energy Savings Performance Contracting

SPOT Components – 5 out of 5*

Market Mechanisms

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Buildings Data Disclosure

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Transportation

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Vehicle Standards

Low-Emission Vehicle (LEV) Standards

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Mandates

Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicle (MHDVs) Sales Standards

Incentives and Market Mechanisms

Electric Vehicle Incentives

SPOT Components – 3 out of 5*

Charging Infrastructure Incentives

SPOT Components – 1 out of 5*

Carbon Pollution Pricing

Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

*The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) breaks clean energy policies down into “components”, which are binary questions to evaluate policy quality. Higher quality policies have more of their SPOT components fulfilled.

Agriculture

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Soil Health and Regenerative Agriculture Governance

Financial Incentives

Technical Assistance Education Programs

Food Waste Bans and Targets

Mandate Source

A2371

Target or Ban

Food Waste Ban – Required for large food waste generators

Industry, Materials, and Waste Management

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HFC Regulation

AB 4775 (2018)

Carbon Pollution Pricing

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Last Updated Nov. 2021