NSW Government climate change action
Prepare NSW for unavoidable changes in our climate
The NSW Climate Impact Profile is the first integrated assessment of the biophysical changes projected for the state as a result of climate change. The profile outlines some of the risks NSW faces and is an aid to decision-makers developing their planning and response strategies.
NSW climate change adaptation programs aim to build the resilience of the state's natural environment, economy and communities by:
NSW 2021: A plan to make NSW number one outlines priority actions to assist local government, business and the community build resilience to future extreme events and hazards by helping them understand and prepare for the impacts of climate change.
For more information on these programs, visit the adapting to climate change page.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in NSW
The NSW Government is assisting the community and economy to adjust to the Australian Government’s carbon tax. In this context, the Government is working to deliver economically efficient and environmentally effective policies and programs that do not duplicate initiatives of the Australian Government including:
NSW 2021 sets the Government’s agenda for change in NSW. The plan provides the direction for the public sector for the next 10 years. Its goals, targets and actions will be integrated into the machinery of government, setting the priorities for funding, guiding decisions and focusing the day-to-day work of the public sector.
We will assist local government, business and communities to build their resilience to future extreme events and hazards by helping them understand and minimise the impacts of climate change. Actions to deliver on this target include:
completion of fine-scale climate change projections for NSW and make them available to local councils and the public by 2014
work with government agencies and universities to deliver improved climate projections for NSW and the ACT.
NSW 2021 also sets goals and targets that support practical action to tackle climate change including:
20% renewable energy by 2020
assistance for businesses and households to realise annual energy savings of 16,000 gigawatt-hours by 2020 compared with ‘business as usual’ trends
support for 220,000 low-income households to reduce their energy use by up to 20% by June 2014
an Increase in the share of commuter trips made by public transport, including increasing the proportion of total journeys to work by public transport in the Sydney Metropolitan Region to 28% by 2016
targets to increase walking and cycling
planning policy to encourage job growth in centres close to where people live and to provide access by public transport.
The NSW Government Sustainability Policy sets targets and strategies to improve the Government’s efficiency in use of water, energy and transport. The policy provides an important step for the NSW Government to meet its commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2020.
For more information, visit the chronology of key NSW climate change initiatives.
Page last updated: 18 September 2012