Future Transport 2056 sets out directions to investigate cost-effective pathways to support net-zero emissions by 2050, including encouraging a shift from private car use to public transport, promoting low-emissions vehicles, and transitioning to a cost-effective, low-emission energy supply.
Costs savings for households, businesses and local governments can be realised by improving the design and operation of buildings through energy, water and waste efficiency measures and by providing cheaper travel mode options. Increasing the uptake of solar panels can reduce reliance on centralised energy. The objectives for energy and waste (refer to Objective 34 and Objective 35) also set out contributions to netzero emissions.
The pathways towards net-zero emissions by 2050 vary across Greater Sydney, and depend on local circumstances and characteristics of each neighbourhood. In areas undergoing transformative change, more comprehensive approaches delivering greater reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are possible. For example, greater use of public transport and changes to parking supply in locations such as Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nine per cent56. The pathways are summarised in Figure 55.