Making Sydney a sustainable destination

Making Sydney a sustainable destination

Green leadership for Sydney's accommodation and entertainment sector

Our plan to make Sydney a sustainable destination sets a vision for our city to be recognised globally as a sustainable destination for business and holidays.

The accommodation and entertainment sector is responsible for 47% of all commercial waste, 21% of the city's carbon emissions and 14% of drinking water consumption.

Our plan outlines actions for the sector such as:

  • using and promoting environmental ratings
  • improving waste management
  • cost-effective retrofits
  • on-site solar or procuring renewable energy
  • connecting to recycled water where possible.

Owners, operators and event organisers will see benefits including:

  • attracting visitors from the growing sustainable tourism market
  • operational cost savings
  • corporate social responsibility and staff engagement.

Sustainable Destination Partnership

Sydney's leading hotels, event centres, cultural institutions and tourism bodies are working together to improve environmental performance and build Sydney's reputation as a leading sustainable destination.

Led by the City of Sydney, the Sustainable Destination Partnership aims to:

  • improve the energy, water and waste efficiency of buildings in the local area
  • increase the uptake of renewable energy
  • engage with regulators on major environmental policy and regulatory issues.

Officially established in June 2018, the partnership has committed to supporting the Sydney 2030 vision.

The partnership includes almost half the hotel rooms across the city, government-owned cultural institutions and international entertainment brands.

Choosing sustainable accommodation

Environmental ratings allow businesses to understand their impact, identify opportunities and improve performance. By asking your accommodation provider if it has an environmental rating, you emphasise that as a guest, reducing your travel impact matters. Recognised ratings in Australia are NABERS for Hotels, EarthCheck Certification or Green Star Performance.

The City has developed a guide on how companies can give their business to hotels that have a rating.

If you're an accommodation provider, there are a number of ways that certification can help your business.

Sydney's global ranking

The Global Destination Sustainability Index is the leading sustainability benchmarking and improvement program for meetings and events destinations.

The index is aligned with the UN sustainable development goals. It measures and compares the environmental impact, social performance, sustainable practices of suppliers and sustainable strategies and programs in participating cities.

Sydney has been participating in the program since 2016, with joint submissions by the City of Sydney and Business Events Sydney. Sydney was ranked as the world’s 9th most sustainable destination for 2018.


Last updated: Monday, 21 October 2019