Leading by example

Our environmental strategy and action plan reflects the significant work that has been done to understand our environmental issues. It aims to build a collaborative response to these issues with our community and businesses.

In line with the vision of Sustainable Sydney 2030 our strategy addresses 6 areas for the city:

  • low-carbon
  • water sensitive
  • climate resilient
  • zero waste
  • active and connected
  • green and cool.

Our Environmental Action 2016–2021 strategy and action plan communicates how we aim to improve environmental performance. The action plan will help us to progress on ambitious targets and will be reviewed and adjusted regularly as technology progresses, regulatory reforms take place and when we receive stakeholder feedback.

To respond effectively to the environmental challenges our city is facing, we detail activity in our own operations and across our local area. We will lead by example in areas we control and will play an influential and engaging role by calling for strong collaboration from all levels of government, the private sector and the community.

We will adapt to be resilient against the impacts of a changing climate. Our city will be globally recognised as an environmental leader while continuing to be one of the world’s most liveable cities.

We look forward to implementing this strategy in an engaging and supportive partnership with our residents, businesses, the NSW Government and the federal government.

Media releases

Grant to ditch takeaway coffee cups

85 Boundary Street,
Darlinghurst Sydney - 20th July 2017. The City is supporting the responsible cafes
network with a 30k knowledge exchange partnership grant. Cafes in the Responsible Cafes network offer a discount to customers that bring a keepcup, rather than using a takeaway coffee cup.
Cherubini Espresso Bar owner Marz Adnan delivers coffee to his regular customers.  (Model release: ER20170720-Keep Cups -00757.jpg, ER20170720-Keep Cups -00756.jpg)
Battles against takeaway coffee cups, marine plastic pollution and energy wastage will get support from the City of Sydney’s latest round of environmental knowledge exchange sponsorships. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City is a strong supporter of new ideas … Continued

Sustainable changes deliver new customers

Business owners will learn how making small sustainable changes can increase company profits, help attract new customers and reduce their environmental footprint at a Customs House seminar this month. The City of Sydney’s City Thought Leaders: Sustainable Business Practices session … Continued

Clear out your chemicals and save the environment

Sydney Park depot, Barwon Park Road, St Peters - 16th July 2016. Chemical clean out event held at the Sydney Park depo.
Sydneysiders are invited to safely dispose of their old car batteries, solvents, pesticides and paints at the City of Sydney’s free household chemical cleanout day. A joint initiative of the City and the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), the free … Continued

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017