NSW Government
action on climate change

NSW Climate Change Policy Framework

The NSW Government has released the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework, which commits NSW to the aspirational objectives of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and helping NSW to become more resilient to a changing climate.

The policy framework defines the NSW Government’s role in reducing carbon emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change and sets out next steps for implementation.
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New climate change and energy plans  

On 3 November 2016, the NSW Government released a Draft Climate Change Fund Strategic Plan and A Draft Plan to Save NSW Energy and Money. These draft plans are an important first step towards implementing the NSW Climate Change Policy Framework and achieving the government’s aspirational objectives.

The government ran public consultation from 3 November to 16 December 2016. We will be using public feedback to develop three action plans for investing up to $500 million over five years across three priority investment areas:

  • accelerating advanced energy
  • national leadership in energy efficiency
  • preparing for a changing climate.

You can visit our website for more information on these two draft plans.


Prepare NSW for unavoidable changes in our climate

The Government has worked with the ACT Government and the Climate Change Research Centre at the University of NSW to provide local-scale projections of future changes in temperature, rainfall and other climate variables for the whole of NSW and the ACT. These fine-scale projections will help local government, business and the community to build resilience in the face of future extreme events and hazards by helping them to understand the impacts of climate change in their local areas.

By understanding climate impacts, the community, business and government can better manage risk and take actions to adapt.

OEH’s climate change adaptation programs  are aimed at building the resilience of the State's natural environment, economy and communities by:

The NSW Adaptation Research Hub researches the best adaptation responses for NSW under the themes of coasts, biodiversity and communities.

To understand some of the risks, the NSW Climate Impact Profile provides an assessment of projected biophysical changes across the State. The profile has helped decision-makers with their planning and response strategies.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in NSW

The NSW Government is working to deliver economically efficient and environmentally effective policies and programs that do not duplicate initiatives of the Australian Government. They include:

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NSW Climate Change Council

The NSW Climate Change Council provides independent, expert advice to OEH on matters relevant to the NSW Government's response to climate change.