In 2019, New South Wales is home to Australia’s oldest fleet of coal power stations, with limited state government policies to encourage more wind and solar projects in the state beyond 2020. This report examines the state’s ongoing dependence on fossil fuels and makes recommendations for the transition to renewable energy. 

Key findings

  • New South Wales was once a world leader on climate action, but over the past five years it has become a laggard.
  • New South Wales is responsible for more greenhouse gas pollution than any other state or territory and continues to rely on heavily polluting coal and unreliable gas power stations.
  • Current climate policies in New South Wales are inadequate, although local councils are stepping up in the face of state government inaction.
  • New South Wales is highly exposed to the impacts of climate change.


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