Environmental leadership

Environmental leadership

A leading environmental performer

Working towards a sustainable future is a crucial element of our Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision. The City of Sydney has adopted ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and aims to manage water, energy and waste sustainably.

City context

  • Global warming is the most important urban management issue for the City in the 21st century
  • Effective action is required across a number of fronts
  • All levels of government, the private sector and the community have a vital role in addressing climate change

Why action is needed

  • To stabilise emissions to maintain an acceptable global climate
  • To ensure the City can cope with the impacts of rising sea levels and increased flooding
  • To reduce the unsustainable growth in energy, water and waste resource demands
  • To ensure we have greater energy security


  • Increase the capacity for local energy generation and water supply within our boundaries
  • Reduce waste generation and stormwater pollutants to the catchment
  • Improve the environmental performance of existing buildings
  • Demonstrate leadership in environmental performance through our operations and activities
  • Our first steps towards a greener planet involved reducing and then offsetting our greenhouse gas emissions in 2008. We are now aiming to cut emissions as the source.
  • We plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions in half that come from the City’s properties. By installing solar panels on City buildings, we have already seen an 18 per cent drop in these emissions.

Last updated: Wednesday, 30 April 2014