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.

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Energy Consumption

Around 94% of the energy used in NSW comes from non-renewable sources such as oil, coal and gas.

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The demand for transport has increased as the population grows. Total vehicle kilometres travelled has increased but levels per person have dropped.

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Urban Water Supply

Per person water demand has been stable in Greater Sydney and declining elsewhere. There has been 100% compliance with drinking water guidelines.

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Waste and Recycling

In 2014–15, total waste generated in NSW continued to fall, since it peaked in 2010–11 at over 17 million tonnes.

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Contaminated Sites

Contaminated sites continue to be notified at a steady rate, but the total number of sites being regulated has decreased slightly.