Climate Action in Action. Concrete ways to reduce Co2 emissions in Montclair.
Updated: 4 days ago
New Jersey is aiming for 100 percent clean energy and an 80 percent reduction in the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, relative to 2006 levels, by 2050. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's more urgent call is to be carbon neutral by 2050. Recent storms, wildfires and high heat have reinforced the need and urgency to get off fossil fuels.
The Environmental Commission is looking at how our local community can take action and support these goals. In fact, this summer, the Town Council passed a resolution authorizing us to develop a Climate Action Plan, this year, to prioritize strategies and actions.
WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?
Here are some of the most impactful actions you can take to reduce your carbon emissions and, in several cases, save on energy bills. (These actions mainly focus on the building energy and transportation sectors since these sectors contribute the bulk of emissions):
1) Shift to a more renewable power supply
It is estimated that emissions from electric generation contributes 19% of carbon emissions in New Jersey. Here are three options:
A - If you opted out of Montclair's Energy Aggregation program last Spring and had a change of heart (we hope you did), you can still make the switch to 40% renewable energy (up from 23%). All it requires is a quick phone call!
B - Join a Community Solar Program - Community Solar is a great idea for homeowners, renters and businesses who can't install their own solar roof panels due to too many shade trees, or other constraints. You can subscribe to an off-site community solar "farm" and participate in both the environmental and cost-saving benefits of solar energy.
C- On-site solar. Of course the best way to go renewable is to install your own roof solar panels, if you have enough sunlight to generate electricity. You can also benefit financially with tax breaks and the ability to sell excess electricity back to the grid.
2) Make your home more energy efficient
It is estimated that the building sector contributes 26% of carbon emission in New Jersey. Residents and businesses can save up to 30% on their energy bills through energy efficiency upgrades. Learn how your home can become more energy efficient, starting with an energy audit/assessment, saving you money and reducing carbon emissions.
3) Electrify your driving & shift to walking/biking
It is estimated the transportation sector accounts for over 40% of carbon emissions in New Jersey. That's a lot! Luckily there are great rebates and incentives available to help you make the switch to EV driving. We are thrilled to see the growing number of EV cars in Montclair!
(Coming soon...Every Home Counts!)
While these are key actions that will influence the biggest shift away from fossil fuels, we remind folks of the importance of composting and reducing waste! Read what's possible in Montclair.
Share your ideas around climate change mitigation and what you are doing!
We would love to know what you are doing, planning on doing, and what you would like to see the community doing to help mitigate climate change. We'll build your good work and ideas it into the planning. Please share with this quick survey