Sustainable living

Sydney wins Global Destination Sustainability Index award

The award recognises improved sustainability performance.

The City of Sydney’s Sustainable Destination Partnership was awarded for outstanding collaboration.

A sustainability assessment of the hospitality sector was carried out as part of the program. A strategy was also produced for a 70% reduction in carbon emissions and to divert 90% of its waste by 2030.

Working with accommodation, entertainment and cultural venues, the partnership aims to reduce carbon emissions, improve waste management, procure renewable energy, and reduce water use.

“We're thrilled our collective action on climate change has been recognised internationally by the Global Destination Sustainable Index,” said Pip Harley, sustainability engagement manager, City of Sydney.

The index also ranks the 2019 sustainability performance of 58 cities.

Sydney has risen from 15th in 2017 and 9th in 2018, to 8th position this year. The top 10 cities are:

  1. Gothenburg
  2. Copenhagen
  3. Zurich
  4. Glasgow
  5. Aalborg
  6. Reykjavik
  7. Malmö
  8. Sydney
  9. Uppsala
  10. Melbourne

The City partnered with Business Events Sydney for the submission.

Published 30 October 2019, updated 31 October 2019