Zero Emission Buses


Project overview

Zero Emission Buses is a multi-billion dollar program to transition 8000 plus diesel and CNG public transport buses to zero emissions technology. This transition delivers on NSW Government’s commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and provides more comfortable journeys and liveable places for our customers and community.

The NSW Government will stagger the transition of the bus fleet to allow local industry time to prepare and technology advancements to be assessed and adopted along the way. The Zero Emission Buses Transition Plan will see Greater Sydney fully transitioned by 2035, Outer Metropolitan regions by 2040 and regional NSW by 2047.

Key benefits

  • Health and environmental benefits from reduced emissions and better air quality
  • Reduced noise, especially around local neighbourhoods
  • Smoother journeys
  • Potential boost to NSW economy with significant regional industry development opportunities
  • Smarter technology for greater safety and efficiency on our roads
  • Skills training in emerging technologies
  • An opportunity for improved amenity around bus depots

In partnership with industry, we will sustainably transition our 8,000 plus bus fleet progressively in stages to ensure the latest advances in technology are considered before each stage proceeds. 

We understand there are a number of challenges that need to be managed to enable a transition of this size and we will work closely with leaders in the energy, manufacturing, transport operations, financing and education sectors to make the transition a reality.

Our Transition Strategy (PDF, 4.95 MB) provides an overview of the steps we will take to transition our fleet.

Have your say

There are more than 100 electric buses in service on our roads today and Transport for NSW expects that number will reach 200 by mid-2023.

Results so far have been terrific, with positive feedback received from customers. Operators in NSW are now able to order battery-electric buses through business-as-usual processes via Australia’s first Bus Procurement Panel to include zero emission buses.

In NSW, diesel and compressed natural gas buses make up almost 80 per cent of Transport for NSW’s direct carbon emissions.

So, transitioning our buses is an important place for us to start, and an area we can lead by example as the transport sector transitions towards zero emissions.

    Industry announcements

    To support industry planning and readiness for zero emission buses, we are inviting the industry to connect and engage through a NSW zero emission buses industry collaboration portal. 

    Register your interest as a program industry partner to post ideas, collaboration opportunities or requests to the wider industry.

    To ensure effective use of the portal we request industry portal registrations be limited to one person per company.

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