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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

Sydney’s roofs sprout a growing trend

15 April 2014

Green wall at 1 Central Park
Cool, green roofs and walls are the hottest property trend – from bars to office blocks, apartments and swimming pools. Business owners and residents have expressed firm support for the environmental and social benefits of living greenery in response to … Read more

Green living for a better way of life

11 April 2014

Urban gardener Pedro Butler with his bumper crop of citrus fruit
Lindsay Rowan’s bins overflowed every week until she started composting her household waste – now they’re half empty and she’s enjoying bumper harvests of fresh fruit and veggies. Her waste problems were solved after she got free organic waste advice … Read more

No time wasted in city recycling

11 April 2014

The City's e-waste apartment trial
The City of Sydney has diverted almost 70 per cent – or about 20,000 tonnes – of its household waste from landfill each year, exceeding state-wide targets. On average each City resident produces about 329 kilograms of household waste each … Read more

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

Last updated: Monday, 24 February 2014