Environmental Action 2016 – 2021 Strategy and Action Plan

The City of Sydney is currently reviewing your feedback on our Environmental Action 2016–2021: Environmental Strategy and Action Plan.

Consultation on this document closed on Friday 12 August 2016.

Thank you for helping us continue our environmental leadership.


The City of Sydney is currently reviewing your feedback on our Environmental Action 2016–2021: Environmental Strategy and Action Plan.

Consultation on this document closed on Friday 12 August 2016.

Thank you for helping us continue our environmental leadership.


  • Aiming high to be a low carbon city

    9 months ago
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    In 2014 The City set interim environmental targets for its own operations to be achieved by the end of 2016. We are proud to say we have met our interim emissions reduction target of 26% reduction from 2006 baseline. To date the City has achieved a 27% reduction in emissions in its own operations and has been certified carbon neutral since 2011.

    We are also well on the way to meeting our interim target of 5% of our electricity sourced from renewable energy sources. Currently we are at about 3%.

    We are now looking to the future. We are proposing... Continue reading

    In 2014 The City set interim environmental targets for its own operations to be achieved by the end of 2016. We are proud to say we have met our interim emissions reduction target of 26% reduction from 2006 baseline. To date the City has achieved a 27% reduction in emissions in its own operations and has been certified carbon neutral since 2011.

    We are also well on the way to meeting our interim target of 5% of our electricity sourced from renewable energy sources. Currently we are at about 3%.

    We are now looking to the future. We are proposing a 44% reduction (from 2006 levels) in greenhouse gas emissions by June 2021 and that 50% of electricity will be sourced from renewable sources.

    Stretching out to 2030 we are proposing a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (from 2006 levels).

    We have also set targets for the whole Local Government Area:

    • 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (based on 2006 levels)
    • Net zero emissions by 2050
    • 50% of electricity demand met by renewable sources by 2030
  • Sydney is becoming a water sensitive city

    9 months ago
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    We have set a bold target to help make Sydney a water sensitive city. We propose zero increase in potable water use from the 2005/06 baseline for both our own operations and for the entire local goverment area.

    Some of the projects the City is working on to keep our city cool and green and our waterways clean include:

    • Connecting our parks and buildings to alternative water supplies, such as harvested stormwater and rainwater
    • Installing smart meters to detect and fix leaks in our parks and properties
    • Upgrading park irrigation systems to be more efficient
    • Retrofitting our high water-using... Continue reading

    We have set a bold target to help make Sydney a water sensitive city. We propose zero increase in potable water use from the 2005/06 baseline for both our own operations and for the entire local goverment area.

    Some of the projects the City is working on to keep our city cool and green and our waterways clean include:

    • Connecting our parks and buildings to alternative water supplies, such as harvested stormwater and rainwater
    • Installing smart meters to detect and fix leaks in our parks and properties
    • Upgrading park irrigation systems to be more efficient
    • Retrofitting our high water-using properties with water efficient fixtures and fittings
    • Incorporating rain gardens and swales during streetscapes and openspace upgrade projects

    We are also supporting businesses and residents to save water and use alternative water sources:

    • 620 businesses engaged in our Smart Green Business program are collectively saving over 1 gigalitre (GL) of potable water annually through water efficiency measures
    • Green SquareTown Centre is delivering a large precinct- scale recycled water project
    • Private water utilities have installed waste water recycling schemes in urban renewal areas, such as Barangaroo and Central Park.
  • The City set to meet interim 2016 emissions, waste and park irrigation targets

    9 months ago
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    In 2014, the City set interim environmental performance targets for its own operations to be achieved by 31 December 2016. We expect to meet or exceed our 2016 targets in key areas of emissions reduction, resource recovery and park irrigation efficiency.

    The renewable energy target included the installation of solar power at buildings that are yet to be constructed, such as the Green Square Aquatic Centre, so it will be achieved once these buildings are complete.

    We are now looking towards the future. The Draft Environmental Action 2016-2021 Strategy and Action Plan proposes a series of targets to be met... Continue reading

    In 2014, the City set interim environmental performance targets for its own operations to be achieved by 31 December 2016. We expect to meet or exceed our 2016 targets in key areas of emissions reduction, resource recovery and park irrigation efficiency.

    The renewable energy target included the installation of solar power at buildings that are yet to be constructed, such as the Green Square Aquatic Centre, so it will be achieved once these buildings are complete.

    We are now looking towards the future. The Draft Environmental Action 2016-2021 Strategy and Action Plan proposes a series of targets to be met by 2021 and then stretch targets to 2030.