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Environment, Energy and Science

We work with community, business and government to protect and strengthen our natural environment.

We protect and strengthen NSW’s natural environment by managing the conservation of our environment and energy resources.

We are committed to developing inclusive and innovative ways to deliver the best outcomes for New South Wales.

We support the community, as well as business and government, in developing their ability to achieve these outcomes.

Our group has the best available scientific evidence and tools to help us make decisions affecting the health of the NSW environment. We build on our knowledge and our research through partnerships with government colleagues, universities and the broader science research community.

We deliver safe, reliable and cost-competitive energy and support investment in renewable energy in New South Wales. Our hub for energy-related information offers advice to consumers, including how to reduce their energy use.

We achieve this through our directorates:

  • Energy, Climate Change & Sustainability
  • National Parks & Wildlife Service
  • Biodiversity, Conservation & Science.

The primary environmental regulator for New South Wales, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), also sits within the Environment Energy and Science Group. The EPA partners with business, government and the community to reduce pollution and waste, protect human health, and prevent degradation of the environment.

Redirecting the future of plastic in NSW

Cleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future of Plastic in NSW is a first and core deliverable of the 20-Year Waste Strategy and sets to developing a new, comprehensive approach to managing plastic waste and pollution in NSW. The goal is to protect our environment and human health from the impacts of plastics, while minimising the effects on consumers and maximising economic opportunities.

The future for waste and resource recovery in NSW

Cleaning Up Our Act: The Future for Waste and Resource Recovery in NSW outlines potential directions we can take to shape our future waste and resource recovery system. We are seeking your input to inform the steps we will take in the 20-Year Waste Strategy to create a connected, integrated system supporting innovation, jobs and the protection of our environment and human health.