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Challenges and opportunities

Challenges and opportunities

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The next 10 years are critical. The NSW Government’s Future Transport 2056 strategy provides a glimpse of the large economic and societal shifts we will see in the future – from the emergence of new technologies and mobility solutions to changing expectations from customers and communities about how they want to live, work and travel.

Transport for NSW is committed to making decisions that balance the needs of customers, communities and the people of NSW. We are developing the right set of policy tools to ensure emerging battery and fuel cell technologies and the transition to renewable energy are an opportunity to reduce our emissions, not a barrier. Meeting this challenge will require innovation, agility and adaptability in a rapidly changing environment.

The economics of today’s technologies are driving the greatest transformation of Australia’s energy system since the 1950s. Wind and solar are now the cheapest forms of new electricity generation. These technologies do not emit GHGs during operation. When paired with firming technologies such as batteries or pumped hydro, they can reliably supply renewable electricity when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing. They are the lowest cost option to replace coal fired power stations as they reach the end of their economic life.

Transport for NSW is undergoing a period of transition, with a move towards the preferential purchase of low and zero emission car fleet and bus vehicles, increasing the provision of electric vehicle charging stations and installing solar panels on existing infrastructure.

The Sydney Metro commitment to 100 per cent renewable energy for its operation includes the procurement of electricity from a new solar precinct, as well as Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to buy renewable electricity at competitive rates and protect against future volatility in electricity prices.

Reducing emissions from road freight transport is a significant challenge. Low and zero emission technology is arriving at market for light commercial vehicles and medium duty urban freight, although the technology is not yet as mature as for passenger vehicles. Greenhouse gas emissions from heavy duty vehicles are predicted to continue to grow in Australia and throughout the world.

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Hydrogen fuel cell technology is anticipated to be the most likely means of enabling deep cuts in emissions from heavy vehicles in the medium to longer term. Fuel cell electric vehicles have a longer range, lighter batteries and use similar fuel pumping infrastructure to diesel. However, these emerging technologies are at the developmental stage rather than the market ready stage and so their implementation will lag behind the uptake of battery electric light vehicles.

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.

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