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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.
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The Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020 - 2030

The NSW and Commonwealth Governments have announced the joint investment of over $2 billion over 10 years to help meet the State’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

The Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020 – 2030 is the foundation for NSW’s action on climate change.

It outlines how NSW will fast-track climate action through energy and emissions reduction initiatives.

The Plan aims to enhance the prosperity and quality of life of the people of NSW, while allowing the State to deliver a 50% cut in emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

Find out more about the Net Zero Plan and how NSW is taking action on climate change.

Preparing NSW to manage climate variability

The NSW Government will develop an adaptation strategy that sets out Government’s strategic approach to preparing NSW to manage the impacts of climate variability on the State.

The NSW Government will also develop and publish a biennial climate change impacts, risks and adaptation statement which will set out the economic, financial and physical impacts, risks and opportunities of climate change on the State across various climate scenarios. The statement will be consistent with the framework established by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and other relevant international guidance or standards, which will be peer reviewed by an appropriately qualified person, such as an auditor. 

Entity-specific TCFD statements for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Environment Protection Authority and Essential Energy will also be piloted.

The adaptation strategy and the biennial and entity-specific climate change impacts, risks and adaptation statements will support the NSW Government’s existing programs to improve climate change resilience across the State.

Making communities more resilient to climate change

Through the Climate Change Fund, the NSW Government is providing $30 million to help households, businesses and councils reduce their exposure to natural hazards and climate risks. This includes:

  • Support to update our world-class NARCliM project to deliver climate projections out to 2100, provide detailed maps and reports of natural hazards to assist local councils, emergency services, water resource and bushfire managers, and research into how infrastructure and services could be adversely affected by more extreme weather events as well as options for managing these risks.
  • Support for councils, communities and agencies to better prepare for and respond to heatwaves, storms, floods, droughts and bushfire as well as improved information, resources and guidance at a local level on climate change impacts, risks and adaptation options. This includes the expansion of a pilot infrastructure risk quantification tool – the Cross-Dependency Initiative (XDI).
  • $3.5 million to support local government respond to identified climate risks and vulnerabilities through the Increasing Resilience to Climate Change local government grant scheme.

Other Climate Change Fund programs supporting resilience include:

Building NSW's resilience to climate change

In 2014, the Government released local-scale projections of future changes in temperature, rainfall and other climate variables for NSW and the ACT. These fine-scale (10km) 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.

Our 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, communities and health. 

Delivering energy savings and reducing emissions

The NSW Government is providing energy bill relief for households and businesses through programs to promote energy efficiency. Programs and support can be accessed at the Energy Saver website.

Delivering reliable, clean and affordable energy

The NSW Government is providing funding for programs that will help households, businesses and communities benefit from clean energy as NSW transitions to a modern and secure energy system. For more information, please visit the Energy NSW Clean Energy Initiatives website