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.
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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:

Preparing NSW for unavoidable changes in our climate

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.

Providing expert advice on climate change

The NSW Climate Change Council provides us with independent, expert advice on matters relevant to the NSW Government's response to climate change. The council has representatives from business, industry, science and research, environment, and regional communities.