Remnant waterholes in Western NSW. N Foster/DECCW

Did you know?

CO2 has increased very substantially during the last century, to the highest levels seen in the past 800,000 years.

Climate change

The climate of New South Wales is changing. Average temperatures in New South Wales have been steadily rising since the 1960s. The period from 2000-2009 was the state's hottest decade on record. Climate change is not just about the environment. It is a cross-cutting issue which will increasingly affect all parts of the State. OEH is developing information and tools to assist government, businesses and communities build resilience to future extreme events and hazards by helping them understand and minimise the impacts of climate change. OEH is also promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy alternatives.

Our climate system

New England agriculture. D Barnes I&I NSW

Causes and evidence for climate change

Impacts in NSW

Sandbagging to prevent erosion. R Hagley/DECCW

Projections and impacts for NSW communities and environments

Adapting to climate change

Solar panels reduce energy use. S Cohen/DECCW

Taking advantage of the benefits and minimising the costs of climate change

Energy efficiency

Peak hour traffic in Sydney. B Peters/DECCW

Reducing energy bills through energy efficiency

NSW Government action

Save on bills with a rainwater tank. NSW DoP

Actions to reduce emissions and prepare for change

How sustainable is your office or home?

Solar panels. A Brown/DECCW

Resources to rate, compare and reduce your property's environmental impacts

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NSW Energy Efficiency Action Plan

The NSW Energy Efficiency Action Plan sets a new direction for efficient energy use in NSW. It will place downward pressure on electricity bills by assisting households to reduce their energy use, and improve energy productivity for business. Find out more

Page last updated: 15 August 2013