A more efficient government for NSW

The Government Resource Efficiency Policy sets targets for NSW general government sector agencies for reductions in resource use. Each agency reports their progress toward meeting their targets for the previous financial year.

2018–19 resource efficiency reporting snapshot

Infographic showing that 100% general government sector agencies that had to report against GREP in 2018-19 have done so, and that there was $542.6 million in total resource expenditure by NSW government, 4.5% decrease in energy consumption, 10% decrease in waste expenditure and 3.2% decrease in water consumption 

Note: Figures are a comparison to the previous year and as reported. $542.6 million is the total resource expenditure for energy, water and waste (respectively costing $385 million, $119.7 million and $37.9 million).

As New South Wales grows and flourishes, there is an increased need for better environmental and resource management.

The NSW Government is committed to making New  South Wales a sustainable, liveable and resilient state. To reach this goal, the government seeks to lead by example by reducing its environmental impact through improved resource efficiency.

The Government Resource Efficiency Policy (GREP) provides the framework for our plan to achieve greater resource efficiency, generate cost savings and support environmental protection.

The GREP in 2018–19 sets targets for NSW general government sector agencies (GGS) across 10 agency clusters to reduce energy and water use, harmful air emissions and waste. NSW GGS agencies are those agencies that are budget dependent as listed in the Treasury budget paper for 2018–19.

Each financial year, agencies must report on their progress toward achieving their targets in the following:

  • electricity and gas use and expenditure
  • number of energy efficiency projects undertaken and estimated
  • bill savings
  • water use and expenditure
  • top three waste streams by volume and cost of disposal.

The intent of the policy is to set targets and minimum standards to drive resource efficiency where there are significant significant opportunities for savings in energy, water, waste and clean air.

GREP measures, targets and minimum standards for resource efficiency


E1 Targets to undertake energy efficiency projects
E2 Minimum NABERS energy ratings for offices and data centres
E3 Minimum standards for new electrical appliances and equipment
E4 Minimum standards for new buildings
E5 Identify and enable solar leasing opportunities
E6 Minimum fuel efficiency standards for new light vehicles
E7 Purchase 6% GreenPower


W1 Report on water use
W2 Minimum water standards for office buildings
W3 Minimum standards for new water-using appliances


P1 Report on top three waste streams

 Clean air

A1 Air emission standards for mobile non-road diesel plant and equipment
A2 Low volatile organic compounds (VOC)1 surface coatings

1. VOCs are a group of carbon based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature and can cause detrimental health effects.