Rule Summary

The Department utilizes data submitted to State and Federal agencies for the State’s inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from significant sources, which enables the Department to substantially monitor progress toward achieving the 80×50 goal as required by N.J.S.A. 26:2C-41. However, reporting gaps exist for methane emissions, which make up more than half of the State’s short-lived climate pollutant inventory, and for halogenated gases, which make up the majority of the State’s remaining short-lived climate pollutant emissions inventory. The Department adopted rules and amendments to address these gaps.

The Department amended the emission statement rules, N.J.A.C. 7:27-21, to require sources of methane with a potential to emit 100 tons or more annually to report their emissions. The Department also adopted N.J.A.C. 7:27E to include additional methane reporting requirements for gas public utilities, as well as reporting requirements for users of halogenated gases. Most halogenated gases are hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with high GWP and are primarily used as refrigerants.

For information on complying with these monitoring and reporting requirements please see below:

Methane Emission Sources

Requirements for methane emission sources emitting over 100 tons per year.

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Refrigeration Systems and Chillers

Requirements for refrigeration systems and chillers with 50 pounds or more of high GWP refrigerant charge.

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Natural Gas Public Utilities

Requirements for natural gas public utilities with distribution systems.

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