The Journey

Research, collaboration and consideration underpins our approach to sustainability. Here’s how we did it:

The journey in numbers

stakeholders interviewed
material issues identified
comparable strategies and projects studied
tools and indices studied
sustainability targets
leadership goals

Five key steps

The UrbanGrowth NSW Sustainability Strategy is the result of a three year journey of discovery, consultation and consideration, that include five key steps. 


Our strategy is founded on the four internationally recognised pillars of sustainability – the environment, society, economy and governance. Embedded within each pillar, we have leadership goals and targets that drive sustainability delivery and performance. 

Climate, Resilience & Resources

Climate, Resilience & Resources

 Our goal: Be carbon neutral, water positive and create zero waste

We will lead environmental performance across UGNSW developments by committing to being carbon neutral, water positive and zero waste by 2028.


Healthy and Inclusive Places

Healthy and Inclusive Places

Our goal: Create the World’s most liveable urban communities

We will enhance Sydney’s international status as a world class liveable city by creating places founded on equity, affordability and inclusion.

Productive Cities

Productive Cities

Our goal: Lead a global innovation economy by enabling over 60,000 new jobs by 2036

We will lead the realisation of Sydney and the Hunter’s global innovation economy by enabling 60,000-80,000 direct jobs by 2036, with a focus on knowledge intensive, health and education sectors.

Accountability and Collaboration

Accountability and Collaboration

Our goal: Drive accountability and performance along our value chain

We will be principled in our approach to urban development, and ensure our partners share our values.

But is it world class?

We set out to create a sustainability strategy that would support our organisational aim of creating innovative and productive urban places with world class standards of development and livability. 

We began by benchmarking our chosen issues and targets broadly, both within Australia and overseas. This methodology considered the sustainability targets, strategies and requirements of: