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

Updated plan steps up action on climate change

Cadigal Avenue, Pyrmont, Sydney - 20th April 2017. Rooftop view of Sydney from the McCaffreys Tower Apartments.
Adopted in 2008, Sustainable Sydney 2030 is an action plan for a green, global and connected city, with 10 ambitious targets to be met over 22 years. Council unanimously backed the updated plan on Monday, with a reinforced commitment to … Continued

Accelerating action on energy efficient buildings

Mid-tier commercial buildings will be the focus of a City of Sydney-sponsored forum encouraging increased energy and water efficiency measures. The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) will deliver the Sydney Forum for Mid-Tier Commercial Buildings on … Continued

$8 million in new street trees to cool Sydney

Sydne - August 21, 2015: Moore Park (photo by Jamie Williams/City of Sydney)
An extra $8 million will be spent over the next 10 years to increase Sydney’s street tree canopy and reduce the damaging heat island effect. The City of Sydney’s draft budget provides an additional $2.8 million to plant 100 more … Continued

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2017