Skip to main content

Delivering the Strategy

Future Energy Strategy

Delivering the Strategy

Future Energy sets out the path towards achieving our vision where the people of NSW enjoy a world class, sustainable transport system that is efficient and powered by renewable energy. It describes how we will work to secure our transport energy needs and support the transition of the transport sector to net zero emissions by 2050.

Future Energy is supported by an Action Plan which sets out priority actions across the transport cluster. Achieving net zero emissions will require new approaches, and there will be many challenges along the way for which we do not yet have all the answers. New information and technologies will emerge during our journey which will need to be evaluated and incorporated into the Future Energy Action Plan. Implementation of Future Energy will be adaptive, collaborative and flexible. We will respond to changes and learn from experience, and regularly update the Action Plan for the first five years.

Transport for NSW will continue to collaborate across Government and with industry to find new ways of working together as we move toward net zero emissions. Emerging information and technologies will be considered as they arise to ensure Transport for NSW continues to effectively implement the strategy. The effectiveness of the actions will be evaluated as information becomes available, with progress publically available in annual updates. The Action Plan sets out the adaptive management approach and reporting framework that we will use for the implementation of Future Energy.

Future Energy and COVID-19

Transport for NSW makes decisions that balance the needs of customers, communities and the people of NSW, both current and future. It is our responsibility to invest wisely on their behalf in the best transport solutions that serve a wide range of social and economic outcomes. We must both lead and enable innovation, creating an open and collaborative environment that entices and facilitates the delivery of new solutions into the market. To date, changes in transport trends over medium to longer term timeframes have primarily informed decision making processes.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented an unexpected and globally disruptive crisis, fundamentally altering existing economic and social structures within a short period. There has been a significant decline in both private and public transport usage as a substantial proportion of workers transitioned to working remotely.

For the duration of the pandemic and beyond, Transport for NSW will lead by example in avoiding non-essential trips by continuing to support and encourage flexible work practices such as digital telepresence technologies for meetings and remote working for non-frontline workers.
The Transport for NSW Travel Choices team has also rapidly deployed the COVID-safe Travel Choices program to enable commuters to make informed and safe decisions about how and when they travel.


Without intervention, it is possible that the transition of transport systems to lower emission modes could be delayed or even return to emission intensive modes post-crisis. For example, as all activities of the automotive industry have been delayed, with practical constraints on access to car retailers and purchases deferred, production and sales have fallen across the entire car market – including electric vehicles. There is a need for flexibility where commitments have been made based on projected (pre-COVID) passenger numbers, trips and sales figures.

Transport for NSW recognises that there is now a unique opportunity to provide additional support for the transition to zero emissions, to both influence and respond to changing economic and social conditions that have occurred during the pandemic, including:

  • embedding the shift to energy sourced from local, renewable sources to protect against international energy supply and price fluctuations
  • stimulating the electric vehicle market through an ambitious electric vehicle fleet and charging infrastructure procurement program.

With a cohesive, whole of government approach, the NSW Transport sector will continue towards net zero in the post-COVID environment.

Six principles for Future Transport

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

Read more