New Jersey: Emissions and Emissions Reduction Targets

SOURCE: ENE analysis using EPA State Inventory Tool and State Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets

This chart shows state emissions trends (historical and projected) and emissions reduction targets, offering a picture of New Jersey’s progress to date.

This chart shows total greenhouse gas emissions by sector, and tracks emissions trends in New Jersey from 1990 through 2010.

This chart presents New Jersey’s generation mix in 2001 and 2011, depicts a shift toward natural gas and away from coal and oil. 

Overall state emissions have declined in the last decade, but transportation emissions have increased.

This chart compares motor gasoline emissions to forest sequestration in 2000 and 2010 to demonstrate how forests can offset emissions in other sectors.

All eight northeastern states have emissions reduction targets. In order to compare emissions trends with long-term targets, ENE extended EPA State Inventory Tool emissions projections out to 2050. According to ENE analysis and inventory data, New Jersey is not on track to meet its 2020 or 2050 targets if current emissions trends continue.

As part of ClimateVision 2020, ENE completed comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories for the eight northeastern states. New Jersey’s total emissions have fluctuated over the inventory period, with 2010 total emissions slightly higher than 1990 emissions. Transportation emissions now account for 53% of New Jersey's emissions, up from 50% in 2001 - largely because overall state emissions have declined but transportation emissions have slightly increased over the last decade. New Jersey’s in-state generation portfolio has shifted in recent years, although not as significantly as some other Northeast states. New Jersey had a relatively large quantity of natural gas generation in 2001, so the shift over the last decade to gas from coal and oil is not as pronounced. 

The carbon dioxide removed and stored by forests each year fluctuates according to harvest practices and changes in land use. New Jersey has the lowest percent forest cover in the region, in addition to high transportation emissions. In 2010, forests only offset 3% of motor gasoline emissions in the state.