Why sustainability?

We believe the best urban areas are vibrant, connected and resilient.

They bring together economic, social and environmental benefits to create great places for people to live, work and visit.

We aim to create innovative and productive places that set new standards of liveability, resilience, inclusion, affordability and environmental quality.

We are uniquely placed to deliver these outcomes through our projects and development partners.

By doing so, we will ensure we meet our national and international commitments, lead constant improvement in the Australian development sector, and, most of all, create a legacy of sustainable places and cities for our future generations.

Founded on global commitments

Sustainable Development Goals

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UrbanGrowth NSW knows we have a role to play in Australia’s contribution to meeting the SDGs. Therefore, we have aligned our Sustainability Strategy to the 17 Goals, and will continue to monitor and report our performance and contribution over time.

Lear more about the Sustainable Development Goals.

Habitat III New Urban Agenda

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UrbanGrowth NSW recognizes itself as a government urban actor, that can positively contribute to the achievement of sustainable urban development across our portfolio. Therefore, our Sustainability Strategy is aligned to the New Urban Agenda. 

Learn more about the New Urban Agenda.

COP21 Paris Agreement

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“The Paris Agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Key outcomes include:

  • A global goal to hold average temperature increase to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to keep warming below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
  • All countries to set mitigation targets from 2020 and review targets every 5 years to build ambition over time, informed by a global stocktake.
  • Robust transparency and accountability rules to provide confidence in countries’ actions and track progress towards targets.
  • Promoting action to adapt and build resilience to climate impacts.
  • Financial, technological and capacity building support to help developing countries implement the Agreement.”

UrbanGrowth NSW recognizes that the urban environment is a significant contributor to global emissions. The United Nations reports the building sector as contribution upwards of 30 percent global emissions, and 40 percent of global energy demand. We have the ability to reduce this impact by implementing ambitious environmental performance standards across our portfolio.

Learn more about the Paris Agreement

100 Resilient Cities

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UrbanGrowth NSW is dedicated to supporting the work of Sydney’s Chief Resilience Officer and the development of a Resilient Sydney Strategy. We have embedded targets within our approach to sustainability that support the mitigation of long term stresses, and help our communities bounce back from shocks. 

Learn more about the 100 Resilient Cities.

Our key principles

Leverage existing frameworks

Leverage existing frameworks

We are leveraging existing national and international sustainability frameworks and benchmarks to ensure meaningful outcomes and comparable performance to our peers. We will leverage these wherever possible to simplify the measurement and communication of our impact.

Stay in step with advances

Stay in step with advances

New standards are being created and new boundaries are being pushed every day. Our sustainability plan will evolve as the industry evolves, thus demonstrating a commitment to constant leadership and improvement.

Create a ‘new normal’

Create a ‘new normal’

When it comes to sustainability and community, Australia has one of the most advanced and vibrant built environment sectors in the world. We will work with all key players and interested developers to provide constant coordination and leadership for the sector that leads new and better standards across the industry.