The topics in this theme cover issues that arise in ensuring a clean and healthy environment for the community of NSW and to enhance its living conditions and lifestyle.
For an overview of this theme, including Aboriginal perspectives click on the heading.
Energy consumption decreased by 2% from 1,169 to 1,142 petajoules (PJ) between 2010 and 2019 and per capita consumption decreased by 3.2% between 2017–19.
The demand for transport has increased as the population grows.
Climate change and more intense droughts are increasing risks to the water security of NSW cities and towns.
Since 2015–16, the total amount of waste generated increased by 17% and construction and demolition (C&D) waste accounts for the most waste generated.
Between 2018–20, the number of notified and regulated contaminated sites steadily increased. This was matched by an increase in the number of remediated sites.