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

Report backs Sydney’s action against extreme weather threat

24 November 2015

Sydney storms
The City of Sydney’s ambitious actions to slash emissions have been backed by a new report, confirming global warming is intensifying the impact of extreme weather events globally with Sydney at risk from heatwaves, droughts and sea level rise. The … Read more

Sydney’s cracking Christmas kicks off

23 November 2015

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The City of Sydney’s Christmas program kicks off this week with a feast of festivities including decorations, carols, light projections, concerts, Christmas trees and retail programs. Lord Mayor Clover Moore today launched the Sydney Christmas program in front of the … Read more

Sydney’s villages get into the Christmas spirit

20 November 2015

Alexandria, Sydney - Saturday December 7, 2013: City of Sydney Christmas Concert, Alexandria Park (Photo by Jamie Williams/City of Sydney)
Local residents are invited to pack a picnic and head to some of Sydney’s favourite local parks for the City of Sydney’s annual Village Christmas concerts. Featuring live entertainment, carols, craft activities and tasty treats, the concerts in Rushcutters Bay, … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014