A NSW Government website

Reaching net zero emissions

NSW’s plan on climate change and goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

NSW was one of the first Australian jurisdictions to commit to net zero emissions by 2050. We also have an objective to reduce emissions by 70% by 2035 compared to 2005 levels, helping us ensure we track our progress to 2050.  

Getting to net zero is an important part of the NSW Government’s plan to grow a sustainable low carbon economy, create jobs, reduce the cost of living, and improve environmental outcomes through our emissions reduction initiatives. 

Net zero emissions are achieved when human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere are balanced by their removals over a specified period. 

Our net zero emissions reduction target 

To achieve net zero, NSW’s net emissions are required to be zero or negative by 2050 and for all future reporting. 

Communicating the scope of NSW’s emission target ensures we can scientifically monitor and report our progress. It also enables our cities, councils, Government agencies, and other organisations to understand how their targets relate to the state target.  

NSW’s net emissions are calculated by determining the State’s direct greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Australian National Greenhouse Accounts.  

NSW does not count emissions reductions that occur in other jurisdictions in its net emissions accounts. International shipping and aviation are also not included. 

Learn more about the scope of the NSW state-wide net zero by 2050 target.

Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030

The Net Zero Plan aims to strengthen the prosperity and quality of life of the people of NSW, while helping to achieve the State’s objective to deliver a 70% cut in emissions by 2035 compared to 2005 levels. 

Green building

Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board

The Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board advises the NSW Government on the implementation of the State’s Net Zero Plan.  

Wind farm next to the coast

Net Zero Futures Policy Forum

The Net Zero Futures Policy Forum is a voluntary international collaboration open to state, regional and other interested governments at the forefront of global decarbonisation efforts. 

Farmer using technology on the land