July 9, 2007

New Jersey enacts greenhouse gas emission reduction law

Trenton, New Jersey – New Jersey governor Jon S. Corzine has signed legislation that calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, approximately a 20 per cent reduction, followed by a further reduction of emissions to 80 per cent below 2006 levels by 2050. The state becomes one of only three to make greenhouse gas reduction goals law, along with California and Hawaii.

“In the absence of leadership on the federal level, the burden of reducing greenhouse gas has now fallen upon the states,” Corzine says. “I’m proud that New Jersey is one of the first among a handful of states that are leading the nation to combat global warming, and I hope more states will follow in our model.”

To reach the goal, the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, working with several boards and departments, will make specific recommendations to meet the targets while taking into account the economic benefits and costs of implementation. The evaluation will be done in conjunction with the state’s pending Energy Master Plan, which will incorporate the new greenhouse gas reduction goal.

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