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You gave us the vision:

we made it happen.

Sydney 2030 is about changing the way we live, work and enjoy our entertainment in the city; now and into the future. The blueprint for Sydney 2030 grew out of talking to people, asking how things could improve and what we can do…

Overwhelmingly, people who live and work in the city (and those that visit too), agreed Sydney 2030 should be a place where:

  • the environment matters
  • the economy thrives
  • art and culture are encouraged and supported
  • people feel at home, connected to the local community and the wider world

In short, you want a city that is green, global and connected. The picture you painted at the time (in 2008) is now firmly at the heart of everything the City of Sydney does, every day. We’re making your vision a reality.

Combating climate change

As Australia enters a dangerous new era of extreme weather with potentially crippling financial consequences, the City is leading the nation in the battle against climate change by slashing its carbon emissions.

Sydney is already starting to feel the effects of average global temperatures rising after the city recorded its hottest day ever on 18 January peaking at 46.4°C – while across the country, January 2013 was the hottest month on record with an average temperature of 40.3°C.

The City aims to reduce carbon emissions by 70% by 2030 – one of the most ambitious targets set by any government in Australia. To reach this target the City is undertaking a range of initiatives including:

  • trigeneration
  • renewable energy master plan
  • installing energy efficient street and park lights
  • rolling out our solar panel project
  • energy efficiency retrofits of major buildings
  • helping businesses to reduce carbon emissions and energy bills through energy efficiency programs.


The City of Sydney remains committed to slash carbon emissions after deciding not to pursue a development agreement with its preferred trigeneration energy services provider Cogent Energy due to economic and regulatory hurdles.

Changes to the regulatory environment and the Federal Government’s decision to lower the future carbon price have reduced the commercial case for some of the City’s planned trigeneration precincts.

The City has decided the first trigeneration project planned for Green Square does not currently meet performance targets necessary for the project to progress. Instead the City will continue with plans to install trigeneration systems in its own buildings starting with a plant to provide electricity, heating and cooling to Sydney Town Hall, Town Hall House and the Queen Victoria Building.

The changed environment, while unfortunate, is only a small roadblock.

The economics of trigeneration at Green Square don’t stack up now, but we will do everything we can to lobby the state and federal governments for regulatory reform. All the research, technical material and scoping we have done so far will be used to pursue trigeneration systems in our own buildings and for future trigeneration precincts across the city.

The City will revisit trigen in Green Square once the regulatory environment makes it more attractive for large scale precincts. We believe climate change is the most pressing issue for every government, and our resolve on cutting carbon emissions is as strong as ever.

Trigeneration is an extremely efficient way of producing reliable, low carbon electricity and zero carbon heating and cooling.

The City will continue its fight to reduce carbon emissions while lobbying to reverse the regressive changes to NABERS and remove the regulatory barriers to trigeneration.

Renewable energy master plan

All of central Sydney’s electricity, heating and cooling needs could be met from renewable energy sources according to the most detailed investigation ever undertaken of renewable energy resources in and around Sydney.

The City’s draft renewable energy master plan provides a blueprint for providing 30 per cent of the city’s electricity demand from carbon-free renewable electricity, mainly from harnessing solar and wind power, and 70 per cent from renewable gases derived from waste.

The plan outlines how 100 per cent of the city local government area’s electricity, heating and cooling could be supplied from renewable sources by 2030.

The plan provides an invaluable road map detailing where all the renewable resources exist, how much it costs to harness them and how we can use them to help deliver a 100 per cent clean renewable energy system for Sydney.