Sustainable Sydney 2030

Sustainable Sydney 2030

Green. Global. Connected.

Sustainable Sydney 2030 is a set of goals we have set for our city to help make it as green, global and connected as possible by 2030. The plan will transform the way we live, work and play.

Sydney 2030 came to life after we asked residents, visitors, workers and businesses what kind of city they wanted. People told us they wanted a city that cares about the environment, has a strong economy, supports the arts and that connects its people to each other and the rest of the world. Sydney 2030 is now the cornerstone of everything we do.


We will be internationally recognised as a leader with outstanding environmental performance and new ‘green’ industries driving economic growth.

We will reduce our carbon emissions, with a network of green infrastructure to reduce energy, water and waste water demands. We will plan for new housing opportunities integrated with vital transport, facilities, infrastructure and open space.


Sydney will remain Australia’s global city and international gateway with world-renowned tourist attractions and sustained investment in cultural infrastructure and facilities.

Our city will contain premium spaces for business activities and high-quality jobs in the city centre and support social, cultural and recreational facilities to attract and retain talent.

We will embrace innovation and new technologies to stimulate creativity and collaboration.


Central Sydney will be easy to get around with a walking and cycling network, and transit routes connecting our villages, city centre and the rest of inner Sydney. The City’s villages will continue to be strong focal points for community life and will encourage a sense of belonging.

Relative equality will be improved through increased affordable housing and better access to community facilities, programs and services across the local area. Cultural vitality will flow from high rates of participation in artistic expression, performance, events and festivals.

The City will commit to partnerships and cooperation between governments, the private sector and the community to lead change.

Sydney 2030 in action

New actions bolster plan for all Sydneysiders

23 April 2018

Ashfield Park, Sydney - 3rd May 2017.  The Gunawirra Aboriginal mother's group has received a matching grant from the City. Chloe Spinks with her 10 month old daughter Amirah. (Model release: ER20170503-Aboriginal Mothers Group Grant-00699.pdf)
A food business incubator, a pilot program for apartment communities, shared spaces in residential developments and support for socially responsible local businesses are actions identified in the City’s new 10 year social sustainability action plan. Designed to ensure Sydney remains … Read more

Forging the female tech leaders of tomorrow

23 April 2018

Christie Whitehill of Tech Ready Women
New cash grants from the City of Sydney will help more women become tech entrepreneurs, support businesses to explore opportunities in Southeast Asia and help launch a new industry website for startups. The City will support local organisations with $80,000 … Read more

Free home energy assessments for locals

20 April 2018

97-207 Wilson St, Newtown Sydney - 10th March 2017. Stucco is a cooperative housing complex in Newtown providing afforable housing for students. Stucco received a City of Sydney  innovation grant to install solar panels, battery storage and smart metering. (Model release: ER20170310-Stucco-00612.jpg.)
City of Sydney residents can make their homes more sustainable by applying for free home energy assessments through the Our Energy Future program. For a fixed time period, an energy expert will visit homes to carry out an energy review, … Read more

Celebrating Sydney as a great place to live, work and visit

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014