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Executive summary

Future Energy Strategy

Executive summary

Our Future Energy vision is one where the people of NSW live in a prosperous, sustainable economy, enjoying a world class, sustainable transport system that is efficient and powered by renewable energy.

Future Energy outlines Transport for NSW’s commitment to securing our transport energy needs from sustainable sources and supports the transition of the transport sector to net zero emissions by 2050 – consistent with the objectives of the NSW Government’s climate change policy framework.

The transport sector accounts for a growing source of greenhouse gas (GHG 1) emissions. Future Energy is focused on addressing direct emissions from road transport, rail transport and ferries, as well as indirect emissions from the electricity used for road and rail transport.

Transport for NSW plays a key role in leading and influencing the entire transport sector to reduce emissions by:

  • transitioning the state’s bus fleet to zero emission buses
  • increasing the electric passenger vehicle fleet and adopting digital technologies to improve services while achieving operational efficiencies
  • moving to local, renewable energy sources for electric trains, light rail and buses.

The benefits of Future Energy go well beyond reducing GHG emissions. They include increased energy security, supporting economic development, improving access to mobility, reducing traffic and parking congestion, saving consumers’ money, reducing air and noise pollution and increasing public health and safety.

The Future Energy Strategy supports the NSW Climate Change Policy by focusing on the transport sector. It does so through a separate future energy action plan which, in turn, defines the near-term initiatives for achieving the future energy strategy objectives. Transport for NSW will continue to update the Future Energy Action Plan and will monitor and report on our progress in delivering outcomes.

1 GHG emissions regulated by the 2015 Paris Agreement include carbon dioxide [CO2], methane [CH4], hydrofluorocarbons [HFCs], perfluorocarbons [PFCs], sulphur hexafluoride [SF6], and nitrous oxide [NO2] – collectively measured in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (mtCO2e) and referred to as “GHG emissions”. The overwhelming majority of GHG emissions from transport are carbon dioxide – which is also true of GHG emissions across all sectors.

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