Eco-savvy Sydney

Eco-savvy Sydney

Eco-savvy Sydney

With record heatwaves and unpredictable weather now the norm, the City’s innovative projects are more important than ever.

Our target to reduce carbon emissions by 70 per cent by 2030 is one of the most ambitious targets of any Australian Government.

Our Green Infrastructure Plan outlines how we will meet that target with energy, waste and water - it’s been called ‘one of the most important environmental blueprints in Australia’.

A significant part of our Plan is a network of trigeneration plants which will power buildings with low carbon energy and provide heating and cooling. We’ve signed an agreement with Cogent Energy to build and operate the networks and the Federal Government has provided more than $8.7 million in funding. 

Last year we saved 70 million litres – the equivalent of 28 Olympic-sized swimming pools and since 2006 has reduced the use of drinking water by one third by retrofitting buildings, pools and parks with aerated taps and shower heads and installing rainwater tanks in childcare centres, kindergartens, libraries and community centres.

We reached our 2014 target of diverting two-thirds of domestic waste from landfill two years ahead of schedule by sending household rubbish to advanced waste treatment facilities that remove recyclables and produce compost.

Our Green Villages website has information on how you can live more sustainably, visit

Last updated: Friday, 15 February 2013