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New Jersey Resources Launches the Coastal Climate Initiative

Alongside The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey, we’re working to support the preservation and restoration of saltwater tidal wetlands of the Barnegat Bay.

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New Jersey Resources Launches the Coastal Climate Initiative

Alongside The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey, we’re working to support the preservation and restoration of saltwater tidal wetlands of the Barnegat Bay.

Learn More
LATEST NEWS

By working together, we know positive change can happen.

As an environmentally forward-thinking company, we believe the decisions we make today have the potential to change the future for generations to come. Learn about our latest efforts to help protect the environment.

New Jersey Natural Gas Receives Approval For Its Largest Ever Energy-Efficiency Program

New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) announced its principal subsidiary New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) received approval from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to significantly expand its energy-efficiency offerings available through The SAVEGREEN Project® (SAVEGREEN). The program will further its commitment to sustainability and emissions reduction by helping customers lower their energy usage, save money and reduce their carbon footprint.

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MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

Our Part In A Clean and Renewable Future

Environmental stewardship, corporate responsibility, sound governance and caring for our communities have been fundamental values of our company for decades. They influence how we operate and the way we work with our customers, regulators, business partners and employees.

MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO

Our Part In A Clean and Renewable Future

Environmental stewardship, corporate responsibility, sound governance and caring for our communities have been fundamental values of our company for decades. They influence how we operate and the way we work with our customers, regulators, business partners and employees.

Steve Westhoven

CEO, New Jersey Resources
Our infrastructure investments have made our delivery system among the most environmentally sound in the country and will prepare our company to deliver decarbonized gas to support a clean energy transition. Over the next four year years, 50% of our total capital expenditures will be invested in sustainability efforts.
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Steve Westhoven

CEO, New Jersey Resources
Our infrastructure investments have made our delivery system among the most environmentally sound in the country and will prepare our company to deliver decarbonized gas to support a clean energy transition. Over the next four year years, 50% of our total capital expenditures will be invested in sustainability efforts.
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Long before many corporations started to focus on sustainability in a meaningful way, New Jersey Resources’ (NJR) actions were guided by the core of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles.

Environmental stewardship, corporate responsibility, sound governance and caring for our communities have been fundamental values of our company for decades. They influence how we operate and the way we work with our customers, regulators, business partners and employees.

Transparency on these issues will become even more critical as we move through significant changes during the energy transition.

You will read more about the effectiveness of business continuity efforts in the time of COVID-19; the extensive support of our communities through volunteerism and charity efforts; the strength, independence and diversity of our board; and how our infrastructure investments have made our delivery system among the most environmentally sound in the country and will prepare our company to deliver decarbonized gas to support a clean energy transition. Over the next four year years, 50% of our total capital expenditures will be invested in sustainability efforts.

Underscoring our commitment and actions, we surpassed our goal of voluntarily reducing emissions from our New Jersey operations to 50% of 2006 levels. Building on this milestone, we are going even further by setting a new goal of a 60% reduction of 2006 levels by 2030.

Sustainability is the common thread that ties together our company and more than 1,100 people behind them.

To achieve good results, you need good people, good governance and discipline, and good relationships with the diverse stakeholders and communities you work in. And you’ll find that at NJR – in the way we think about ESG, and in our vision for a clean energy future.

HOW IS NJR LEADING THE WAY?

We continued to make meaningful advances on our sustainability goals and deliver results for our stakeholders:

  • Launched far-reaching sustainability agenda

  • Recognized as one of America’s most responsible companies by Newsweek

  • Business continuity, safety and support for our communities in the face of a global pandemic
  • Reached 50% emissions reduction of 2006 levels in fiscal 2020, and increased emissions reduction goal to 60% of 2006 levels by 2030
  • 50% of our total capital expenditures will be invested in sustainability efforts over next four fiscal years
  • Increased transparency in reporting through SASB and American Gas Association (AGA) metrics
  • Support for diversity, equity and inclusion in our company and community

NJR has established an Office of Sustainability to help ensure the right structures are in place to support the company’s sustainability goals. The Office supports a Sustainability Council of senior leaders from across NJR’s business units and has adopted the following guiding principles that lay the foundation for future progress:

NJR Corporate Sustainability Guiding Principles

 

Support sound public policies that address climate impacts and ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for our customers.

Embrace innovation across technologies and fuel types that deliver energy with improved environmental outcomes.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operated assets and suppliers by prioritizing mitigation strategies and reduction targets.

Increase transparency about sustainability progress through public reporting and stakeholder outreach.

Expand customer energy-efficiency, conservation and environmental stewardship opportunities.

Promote corporate governance practices that create long-term value for stakeholders and require accountability from our leadership.

Continually adopt and promote best practices in human capital management that complement a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Maintain industry-best safety standards to protect the well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve.

Utilize responsible sourcing strategies and monitor supplier sustainability efforts within NJR’s supply chain.

Engage with our local communities and nonprofits in the spirit of support and cooperation.

Support sound public policies that address climate impacts and ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for our customers.

Embrace innovation across technologies and fuel types that deliver energy with improved environmental outcomes.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operated assets and suppliers by prioritizing mitigation strategies and reduction targets.

Increase transparency about sustainability progress through public reporting and stakeholder outreach.

Expand customer energy-efficiency, conservation and environmental stewardship opportunities.

Promote corporate governance practices that create long-term value for stakeholders and require accountability from our leadership.

Continually adopt and promote best practices in human capital management that complement a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Maintain industry-best safety standards to protect the well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve.

Utilize responsible sourcing strategies and monitor supplier sustainability efforts within NJR’s supply chain.

Engage with our local communities and nonprofits in the spirit of support and cooperation.

Support sound public policies that address climate impacts and ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for our customers.

Embrace innovation across technologies and fuel types that deliver energy with improved environmental outcomes.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from operated assets and suppliers by prioritizing mitigation strategies and reduction targets.

Increase transparency about sustainability progress through public reporting and stakeholder outreach.

Expand customer energy-efficiency, conservation and environmental stewardship opportunities.

Promote corporate governance practices that create long-term value for stakeholders and require accountability from our leadership.

Continually adopt and promote best practices in human capital management that complement a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Maintain industry-best safety standards to protect the well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve.

Utilize responsible sourcing strategies and monitor supplier sustainability efforts within NJR’s supply chain.

Engage with our local communities and nonprofits in the spirit of support and cooperation.

Transition to Clean Energy in New Jersey and Beyond

For a decade now, we have successfully operated solar energy infrastructure to serve our customers. This pursuit has delivered profitable growth, aligned us with New Jersey’s sustainability goals, including the Energy Master Plan, and promoted economic development and job creation.

Transition to Clean Energy in New Jersey and Beyond

For a decade now, we have successfully operated solar energy infrastructure to serve our customers. This pursuit has delivered profitable growth, aligned us with New Jersey’s sustainability goals, including the Energy Master Plan, and promoted economic development and job creation.

Largest in-state solar owner/operator in New Jersey.

CEV placed eight commercial solar projects and added 481 residential and small-to-midsize commercial customers in fiscal 2020.

CEV has invested approximately $1 billion in solar assets located in all 21 counties of New Jersey.

With total capacity of more than 354 MW, CEV produces enough solar energy to power 55,900 homes annually.

NJR is exploring the use of decarbonized fuels including renewable natural gas and green hydrogen.

Largest in-state solar owner/operator in New Jersey.

CEV placed eight commercial solar projects and added 481 residential and small-to-midsize commercial customers in fiscal 2020.

CEV has invested approximately $1 billion in solar assets located in all 21 counties of New Jersey.

With total capacity of more than 354 MW, CEV produces enough solar energy to power 55,900 homes annually.

NJR is exploring the use of decarbonized fuels including renewable natural gas and green hydrogen.

Our vision for clean energy innovation will take us even further.

Over the next four years, NJR expects 50% of capital expenditures will be allocated to sustainability investments. These includes investments in renewable energy, energy-efficiency programs, renewable natural gas, or RNG, power-to-gas and enhancements increasing the reliability and resiliency of our distribution system while reducing methane emissions.

Methane and Emissions Reduction

We’ve demonstrated leadership when it comes to taking action to drive lower emissions and control methane in NJNG’s system while continuing to prove safe reliable service. To date, NJNG operates the most environmentally friendly system in the state, as measured by leaks per mile.

Methane and Emissions Reduction

We’ve demonstrated leadership when it comes to taking action to drive lower emissions and control methane in NJNG’s system while continuing to prove safe reliable service. To date, NJNG operates the most environmentally friendly system in the state, as measured by leaks per mile.

NJNG has built the most environmentally sound natural gas systems among New Jersey utilities, as measured by leaks per mile.

Setting – and Raising – the Bar for Emissions Reduction

  • For nearly 15 years, NJR has pursued opportunities to measure and reduce emissions resulting from business operations. Our first goal to reduce emissions 20% of 2006 levels by 2020 was met with reductions in emissions from our fleet, facilities and distribution system, including the removal of cast iron pipes. NJNG was the first utility in the state to do so.
  • A new goal of a 50% reduction of 2006 levels by 2030 was established in 2019. The purchase of renewable electricity to power most of our facilities, as well as the replacement of most of our remaining unprotected steel distribution system, enabled us to achieve this goal well ahead of schedule.
  • We are raising the bar again. NJR is now targeting a 60% reduction in emissions from 2006 levels by 2030. This is in line with the state’s goal to reduce emissions to 80% of 2006 levels by 2050, established in 2007 through the Global Warming Response Act.
  • Over the next decade, we expect further reductions to come primarily from our fleet as we make the transition to low- and no-emissions vehicles.
  • In fiscal 2020, NJR again offset 100% of the natural gas emissions from its utility fleet and facilities.

 

Long before many corporations started to focus on sustainability in a meaningful way, New Jersey Resources’ (NJR) actions were guided by the core of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles.

Environmental stewardship, corporate responsibility, sound governance and caring for our communities have been fundamental values of our company for decades. They influence how we operate and the way we work with our customers, regulators, business partners and employees.

Transparency on these issues will become even more critical as we move through significant changes during the energy transition.

You will read more about the effectiveness of business continuity efforts in the time of COVID-19; the extensive support of our communities through volunteerism and charity efforts; the strength, independence and diversity of our board; and how our infrastructure investments have made our delivery system among the most environmentally sound in the country and will prepare our company to deliver decarbonized gas to support a clean energy transition. Over the next four year years, 50% of our total capital expenditures will be invested in sustainability efforts.

Underscoring our commitment and actions, we surpassed our goal of voluntarily reducing emissions from our New Jersey operations to 50% of 2006 levels. Building on this milestone, we are going even further by setting a new goal of a 60% reduction of 2006 levels by 2030.

Sustainability is the common thread that ties together our company and more than 1,100 people behind them.

To achieve good results, you need good people, good governance and discipline, and good relationships with the diverse stakeholders and communities you work in. And you’ll find that at NJR – in the way we think about ESG, and in our vision for a clean energy future.

HOW IS NJR LEADING THE WAY?

We continued to make meaningful advances on our sustainability goals and deliver results for our stakeholders:

  • Launched far-reaching sustainability agenda

  • Recognized as one of America’s most responsible companies by Newsweek

  • Business continuity, safety and support for our communities in the face of a global pandemic
  • Reached 50% emissions reduction of 2006 levels in fiscal 2020, and increased emissions reduction goal to 60% of 2006 levels by 2030
  • 50% of our total capital expenditures will be invested in sustainability efforts over next four fiscal years
  • Increased transparency in reporting through SASB and American Gas Association (AGA) metrics
  • Support for diversity, equity and inclusion in our company and community
Long before many corporations started to focus on sustainability in a meaningful way, New Jersey Resources’ (NJR) actions were guided by the core of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles.

Environmental stewardship, corporate responsibility, sound governance and caring for our communities have been fundamental values of our company for decades. They influence how we operate and the way we work with our customers, regulators, business partners and employees.

Transparency on these issues will become even more critical as we move through significant changes during the energy transition.

You will read more about the effectiveness of business continuity efforts in the time of COVID-19; the extensive support of our communities through volunteerism and charity efforts; the strength, independence and diversity of our board; and how our infrastructure investments have made our delivery system among the most environmentally sound in the country and will prepare our company to deliver decarbonized gas to support a clean energy transition. Over the next four year years, 50% of our total capital expenditures will be invested in sustainability efforts.

Underscoring our commitment and actions, we surpassed our goal of voluntarily reducing emissions from our New Jersey operations to 50% of 2006 levels. Building on this milestone, we are going even further by setting a new goal of a 60% reduction of 2006 levels by 2030.

Sustainability is the common thread that ties together our company and more than 1,100 people behind them.

To achieve good results, you need good people, good governance and discipline, and good relationships with the diverse stakeholders and communities you work in. And you’ll find that at NJR – in the way we think about ESG, and in our vision for a clean energy future.

HOW IS NJR LEADING THE WAY?

We continued to make meaningful advances on our sustainability goals and deliver results for our stakeholders:

  • Launched far-reaching sustainability agenda

  • Recognized as one of America’s most responsible companies by Newsweek

  • Business continuity, safety and support for our communities in the face of a global pandemic
  • Reached 50% emissions reduction of 2006 levels in fiscal 2020, and increased emissions reduction goal to 60% of 2006 levels by 2030
  • 50% of our total capital expenditures will be invested in sustainability efforts over next four fiscal years
  • Increased transparency in reporting through SASB and American Gas Association (AGA) metrics
  • Support for diversity, equity and inclusion in our company and community
NJNG has built the most environmentally sound natural gas systems among New Jersey utilities, as measured by leaks per mile.

Setting – and Raising – the Bar for Emissions Reduction

  • For nearly 15 years, NJR has pursued opportunities to measure and reduce emissions resulting from business operations. Our first goal to reduce emissions 20% of 2006 levels by 2020 was met with reductions in emissions from our fleet, facilities and distribution system, including the removal of cast iron pipes. NJNG was the first utility in the state to do so.
  • A new goal of a 50% reduction of 2006 levels by 2030 was established in 2019. The purchase of renewable electricity to power most of our facilities, as well as the removal of most of the main and services from our distribution system and enabled us to achieve this goal well ahead of schedule.
  • We are raising the bar again. NJR is now targeting a 60% reduction in emissions from 2006 levels by 2030. This is in line with the state’s goal to reduce emissions to 80% of 2006 levels by 2050, established in 2007 through the Global Warming Response Act.
  • Over the next decade, we expect further reductions to come primarily from our fleet as we make the transition to low- and no-emissions vehicles.
  • In fiscal 2020, NJR again offset 100% of the natural gas emissions from its utility fleet and facilities.

 

Energy Efficiency

For more than a decade, NJNG – NJR’s principal subsidiary – has been a leader in energy efficiency in New Jersey, and in 2020 we continued to deliver on our commitment to help customers reduce their energy usage by launching new offerings and achieving new milestones.

Energy Efficiency

For more than a decade, NJNG – NJR’s principal subsidiary – has been a leader in energy efficiency in New Jersey, and in 2020 we continued to deliver on our commitment to help customers reduce their energy usage by launching new offerings and achieving new milestones.

We are committed to continuing to build on the success of The Savegreen Project® programs and drive more progress into the future.

Invested $29 million in energy-efficiency programs in fiscal 2020.

5.5 million therms of energy savings.

29,000 metrics tons of CO2 reduced.

Generating more than $472 million in green economic activity.

Provided a total of nearly 39,000 free or discounted smart thermostats.

Invested $29 million in energy-efficiency programs in fiscal 2020.

5.5 million therms of energy savings.

29,000 metrics tons of CO2 reduced.

Generating more than $472 million in green economic activity.

Provided a total of nearly 39,000 free or discounted smart thermostats.

Community and Social Good

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on residents, communities and life as we know it. Over the past year, NJR provided support for our communities in the form of energy assistance, food bank donations, and volunteer service. Between in-kind and financial contributions, NJR was proud to support more than 1,900 organizations in fiscal 2020. Over 31,000 NJNG customers also received energy assistance, providing support that totaled more than $10.5 million.

Community and Social Good

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on residents, communities and life as we know it. Over the past year, NJR provided support for our communities in the form of energy assistance, food bank donations, and volunteer service. Between in-kind and financial contributions, NJR was proud to support more than 1,900 organizations in fiscal 2020. Over 31,000 NJNG customers also received energy assistance, providing support that totaled more than $10.5 million.

Building on our track record of environmental responsibility and sustainability leadership, New Jersey Resources (NJR) has launched its Coastal Climate Initiative,® which will help fight climate change in the communities we serve, beginning with the restoration of saltwater tidal wetlands in the Barnegat Bay, part of our service territory at the Jersey Shore.”

Coastal Climate Initiative

Building on our track record of environmental responsibility and sustainability leadership, New Jersey Resources (NJR) has launched its Coastal Climate Initiative,® which will help fight climate change in the communities we serve, beginning with the restoration of saltwater tidal wetlands in the Barnegat Bay, part of our service territory at the Jersey Shore.”

These critical wetlands, part of NJNG’s service territory, are effective at rapidly removing carbon from the atmosphere by storing it away in the soil, PUSHING BACK AGAINST  global warming AND ITS EFFECTS. They also act as a natural barrier against storm surge and extreme weather impacts, helping protect communities on the front line of climate change.

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Learn About The Program

As a company headquartered at the Jersey Shore and serving its communities, we launched the Coastal Climate Initiative to bring solutions to the climate challenge in the places we live, work and serve.  Under the program, we’re coming together with our employees and customers to support the mission of The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey, an environmental nonprofit with over 60 years of experience working to protect water and lands in New Jersey, and their work to restore saltwater tidal wetlands in the Barnegat Bay.  These vital ecosystems have been identified by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as playing a critical role in the state meeting its emissions reduction targets.

This initiative further advances our commitment to sustainability and strengthens our work with the New Jersey chapter of The Nature Conservancy, which began with an initial $25,000 donation to support the organization’s efforts to restore and preserve these vital ecosystems – right here in our own backyard.

How You Can Help

NJNG customers can join us in supporting these efforts by donating to the Coastal Climate Initiative. To maximize the impact of our contributions, NJNG will match each customer donation dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000. All proceeds go directly to The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey. NJNG customers can donate to the Coastal Climate Initiative at njng.com/climate.

These critical wetlands, part of NJNG’s service territory, are effective at rapidly removing carbon from the atmosphere by storing it away in the soil, PUSHING BACK AGAINST  global warming AND ITS EFFECTS. They also act as a natural barrier against storm surge and extreme weather impacts, helping protect communities on the front line of climate change.

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Learn About The Program

As a company headquartered at the Jersey Shore and serving its communities, we launched the Coastal Climate Initiative to bring solutions to the climate challenge in the places we live, work and serve.  Under the program, we’re coming together with our employees and customers to support the mission of The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey, an environmental nonprofit with over 60 years of experience working to protect water and lands in New Jersey, and their work to restore saltwater tidal wetlands in the Barnegat Bay.  These vital ecosystems have been identified by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection as playing a critical role in the state meeting its emissions reduction targets.

This initiative further advances our commitment to sustainability and strengthens our work with the New Jersey chapter of The Nature Conservancy, which began with an initial $25,000 donation to support the organization’s efforts to restore and preserve these vital ecosystems – right here in our own backyard.

How You Can Help

NJNG customers can join us in supporting these efforts by donating to the Coastal Climate Initiative. To maximize the impact of our contributions, NJNG will match each customer donation dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000. All proceeds go directly to The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey. NJNG customers can donate to the Coastal Climate Initiative at njng.com/climate.

Resources 

NJR is leading the way. Review the documents and reports in this section to learn how.

2020 Corporate Sustainability Report
Corporate Human Rights Policy
2020 Diversity and Inclusion Report
        
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