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

Vending machines encourage city recycling

18 November 2014

reverse vending machine at Circular Quay
Two reverse vending machines in the city centre have collected over 40,000 cans and bottles since July – enough to build a tower 19 times the height of Sydney’s Centrepoint Tower. The recycling machines at Circular Quay and Haymarket offer … Read more

Community compost cutting down on waste

7 November 2014

Ada Place composting
Four 220-litre compost bins in Ada Place Park, Ultimo, are at the centre of the City of Sydney’s trial to encourage residents to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill. Food waste makes up about a third of all … Read more

City’s fleet cleans up at top green awards

31 October 2014

Plug-in electric vehicles
The City of Sydney’s green vehicle fleet has taken out the top plaudit for ‘Local Government Sustainability’ at this year’s Green Globes for energy saving and environmental leadership. The NSW Government Green Globes are awarded annually for excellence in environmental … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014