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A foundation for long-term sustainability

As the largest city and state in Australia, Sydney and NSW represent all that’s best about Australia when it comes to sustainability.

Our political and economic stability, clean green approach and forward thinking planning for future growth means your business’ future in NSW is ensured.

Australia has enjoyed 27 years of consecutive economic growth and NSW is its largest, most diverse and resilient state economy.

The NSW population and economy is growing fast, and plans are in place to ensure the longevity and sustainability of this growth. These plans include promoting further efficiency and liveability in Sydney through an $87.2 billion infrastructure pipeline. Development of a new international airport and logistics hub in Western Sydney will also ensure NSW’s meets growing demand.

Sustainable management of resources and industries

Our state is striving to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and to make NSW more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The NSW Government encourages clean energy use and helps households and businesses reduce their bills by saving energy.

NSW has set ambitious waste and recycling targets, with the NSW Government providing funding to stimulate investment in new processing technologies. Recycling capacity will increase across NSW through the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. Between 2017-2021 the NSW Government will provide $168 million worth of grants and programs designed to encourage investment in the waste and resource recovery industries.

Promoting sustainability through a circular economy

We live in a world of finite resources. It’s simply not sustainable to keep consuming at the current rate. Severe water stress already affects 21% of the world’s population. Experts predict that, by 2030, that figure will rise to 48%. At the same time, the world’s population is set to grow from 7.6 billion to 9 billion by 2050. Population growth will take energy demand up 50-60%, and food demand will rise by 60%.

NSW is committed to promoting sustainability by helping develop a ‘circular economy’. This model encourages people and organisations to extract maximum value from goods by using them for as long as possible. We promote the recovery and regeneration of materials from each product when they’re no longer useful in their current form.

Examples of the circular economy in NSW and Australia include:

  • Circular Economy Australia, a network of professionals helping drive awareness and the adoption of a Circular Economy Principles in Australia.
  • University of Sydney’s world-leading researchers, who are undertaking pioneering research into waste-management and waste-processing technologies. They’re now asking for partners to join them in establishing a Waste Transformation Research Hub – a national collaborative industry consortium that will tackle Australia’s waste challenges.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries which takes a holistic systems-based approach to water management. The department integrates environmental needs with those of primary industries and the community.

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