Policy Update

New Jersey Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Industrial Emissions

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MidAtlantic

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Clara Summers
Climate and Energy Manager

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In March, the New Jersey Senate passed S.3091, sponsored by Senators Kip Bateman and Dawn Addiego, which establishes a state procurement preference for concrete with lower emissions. Builders can claim a tax credit for using low-carbon concrete. The legislation also incentivizes the construction of permeable concrete, which mitigates stormwater runoff.

The production of cement, a critical component of concrete, is one of the largest sources of industrial greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for approximately 8% of emissions worldwide. If the cement industry were a country, it would be the third-largest emitter in the world.

CaliforniaColorado, and New York are also considering legislation this session to address emissions from concrete and construction materials. By addressing their procurement standards, states can make a significant impact on global emissions from industry. View Legislation