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.
Around 94% of the energy used in NSW comes from non-renewable sources such as oil, coal and gas.
The demand for transport has increased as the population grows. Total vehicle kilometres travelled has increased but levels per person have dropped.
Per person water demand has been stable in Greater Sydney and declining elsewhere. There has been 100% compliance with drinking water guidelines.
In 2014–15, total waste generated in NSW continued to fall, since it peaked in 2010–11 at over 17 million tonnes.
Contaminated sites continue to be notified at a steady rate, but the total number of sites being regulated has decreased slightly.