Gov. Murphy today established a new interim target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, fast-tracking New Jersey’s existing goal of an 80% reduction by 2050. Using funds from New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, Gov. Murphy also announced a $13.7 million investment in electric buses and trucks to reduce emissions and improve air quality in overburdened communities. Additionally, the governor announced a $20 million expansion of the New Jersey Zero Emission Incentive Program, also called NJZIP, into the greater Jersey Shore area.
“Gov. Murphy clearly recognizes the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible to curb devastating climate change impacts,” said Tom Gilbert, campaign director for ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation. “The new interim target to reduce emissions economy-wide 50% by 2030 is an important first step, and it will be just as important to achieve 100% clean electricity on a similar timeframe so that we can power the transportation and building sectors with clean and renewable energy.”