Sydney tourism players sign on to Sustainable Destination Partnership

The City of Sydney has signed up more than 30 local and international organisations from the accommodation and entertainment sectors to its new Sustainable Destination Partnership.

The program will identify ways for businesses to become greener through environmental ratings, increased use of renewable energy, reduced water use and improved waste management and recycling.

The program was inspired by the City’s Better Buildings Partnership, a collaboration of major property owners which has recorded 52 per cent emissions reduction across its partners’ combined $105 billion property portfolio since 2006.

The sustainable destination partnership program will bring together the largest hotels in the city who represent half of the hotel rooms in the City area, the leading national backpacker hostels provider, government-owned cultural institutions and international entertainment and event brands.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the program is the next step in engaging with industry to meet the City’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.

“Climate change is the biggest issue we are facing here at the City, so it is critical that we work with our industry partners to improve their environmental performance,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The accommodation and entertainment sector generates 47 per cent of all commercial waste in our city, with only half of this recycled – and as Australia’s largest accommodation market it is up to Sydney to be a national leader when it comes to creating sustainable destinations.

“With the industry continuing to expand and visitors contributing $16.7 billion to the local economy, we have a real opportunity to achieve substantial environmental outcomes through this initiative.

“By working collaboratively with the key players in this sector, we can reduce carbon pollution, boost the use of renewable energy and put Sydney on the map as a sustainable destination for leisure and business travellers.”

Sydney is home to 20,000 hotel rooms, 5,500 serviced apartments and more than 7,000 backpacker hostel beds.

In 2015/16 the accommodation and entertainment sector was responsible for 21 per cent of the city’s total greenhouse gas emissions and 14 per cent of drinking water consumption.

The program participants will work together on a range of projects that will see an increase in the use of energy from renewable sources, less waste diverted to landfill and a reduction in the use of drinking water.

The country’s peak accommodation industry body, Tourism Accommodation Australia, is backing the City’s program.

Organisations that will take part in the sustainable destination program include:

  • Accor

  • Amora Hotel

  • Art Gallery of NSW

  • Australian Museum

  • Australian National Maritime Museum

  • City of Sydney

  • Fox Studios Productions

  • Grace Hotel

  • Hilton

  • Holiday Inn

  • Hyatt Regency

  • IHG Intercontinental Sydney

  • International Convention Centre

  • The Langham Hotel

  • Merlin Entertainments

  • Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Park Royal

  • Schwartz Family Company

  • Shangri-la

  • Star Entertainment Group

  • State Library

  • Sydney Living Museums

  • Sydney Opera House

  • Veriu

  • YHA

Organisations supporting the program as associate members include:

  • Business Events Sydney

  • EarthCheck

  • GBCA

  • Griffith Institute

  • Good Compass

  • My Green Butler

  • NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

  • Ozharvest

  • PCA

  • Supply Chain Sustainability School

  • Tourism Accommodation Australia

  • Tourism Transport Forum

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