Adapting for Climate Change

Consultation has concluded. Thank you for your input and please view our final document adopted by Council.

Adapting for Climate Change - A Long Term Strategy for the City of Sydney

The City of Sydney has developed a strategy for a resilient city, capable of responding to the impacts of climate change. Called Adapting for Climate Change, the strategy considers a range of ways the City, residents, businesses and government can adapt, respond and thrive in the face of climate change.

Based on the latest science, risk analysis and community consultation, the draft strategy identifies the risks climate change poses and the actions we can take to adapt to these risks.

Consultation has now closed for this project. We'd like to thank everyone who contributed their thoughts and comments, including our Citizen's Panel.

The community's feedback is included with colourful green check marks throughout the final document.


Adapting for Climate Change - A Long Term Strategy for the City of Sydney

The City of Sydney has developed a strategy for a resilient city, capable of responding to the impacts of climate change. Called Adapting for Climate Change, the strategy considers a range of ways the City, residents, businesses and government can adapt, respond and thrive in the face of climate change.

Based on the latest science, risk analysis and community consultation, the draft strategy identifies the risks climate change poses and the actions we can take to adapt to these risks.

Consultation has now closed for this project. We'd like to thank everyone who contributed their thoughts and comments, including our Citizen's Panel.

The community's feedback is included with colourful green check marks throughout the final document.


Consultation has concluded. Thank you for your input and please view our final document adopted by Council.
  • New York City and Singapore are planning for climate change

    about 1 year ago
    Green_wall

    White roofs for New York:

    New Yorkers have covered around 530, 000 square metres of their rooftops with a white reflective coating. The coating cools down the city by preventing buildings absorbing and reflecting the sun’s heat. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

    It’s all part of the “CoolRoofs Programme’ that has saved participating building owners 10-30% in cooling costs since 2008.

    Green roofs and walls for Singapore:

    Singapore is greening up and adapting for climate change. The Singapore National Parks Board provides up to 50% funding for installation of green roofs... Continue reading

    White roofs for New York:

    New Yorkers have covered around 530, 000 square metres of their rooftops with a white reflective coating. The coating cools down the city by preventing buildings absorbing and reflecting the sun’s heat. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

    It’s all part of the “CoolRoofs Programme’ that has saved participating building owners 10-30% in cooling costs since 2008.

    Green roofs and walls for Singapore:

    Singapore is greening up and adapting for climate change. The Singapore National Parks Board provides up to 50% funding for installation of green roofs and walls. Another scheme allows existing buildings in the Orchard Street and Downtown areas to have more floor space if owners provide substantial rooftop landscaping for their developments.


  • Better air quality, more shade and a cooler city – our Urban Forest Strategy

    about 1 year ago
    Paddington_reservoir_gardens

    The City of Sydney’s Urban Forest Strategy, adopted in 2013, is one of the many ways we are already planning for a changing climate. The strategy aims to increase canopy across the city by 7.75% by 2030. We’ve filled nearly all the available space on our footpaths, now we’re exploring niches in parks, backyards and streets.

    Cities are often hotter than surrounding areas and trees improve adaptation to extreme weather. They provide shade, keep the air cool and make people feel calmer and more relaxed. Trees also absorb stormwater and generate fresh air.


    The City of Sydney’s Urban Forest Strategy, adopted in 2013, is one of the many ways we are already planning for a changing climate. The strategy aims to increase canopy across the city by 7.75% by 2030. We’ve filled nearly all the available space on our footpaths, now we’re exploring niches in parks, backyards and streets.

    Cities are often hotter than surrounding areas and trees improve adaptation to extreme weather. They provide shade, keep the air cool and make people feel calmer and more relaxed. Trees also absorb stormwater and generate fresh air.


  • Dealing with increasing heat – the City’s emergency management planning

    about 1 year ago
    Lets_get_ready_sydney

    The City plays a strong role in planning for emergencies such as heatwaves, flooding and storms. We chair the Local Emergency Management Committee and work withi the Police and Emergency Services to implement the Local Area Disaster Plan large-scale emergencies.

    The LEMC has also developed Let’s Get Ready Sydney to help residents and businesses plan for emergencies. The booklet provides practical advice to help you, your family and your neighbours prepare for the unexpected.


    The City plays a strong role in planning for emergencies such as heatwaves, flooding and storms. We chair the Local Emergency Management Committee and work withi the Police and Emergency Services to implement the Local Area Disaster Plan large-scale emergencies.

    The LEMC has also developed Let’s Get Ready Sydney to help residents and businesses plan for emergencies. The booklet provides practical advice to help you, your family and your neighbours prepare for the unexpected.