Who we are

The Sustainable Destination Partnership is a collaboration of hotels, backpacker hostels, serviced apartments, cultural institutions, entertainment venues and industry influencers working together to make Sydney a sustainable destination.

Single-use items

Working to reduce single use items in our businesses.

Food waste

Working to halve food waste in our businesses.

Sustainable procurement

Aligning supply chains with our sustainability objectives.


Sydney is Australia’s leading destination for tourists and the gateway to NSW. The tourism sector is a vital component of the city's economy and an important contributor to national and international recognition of Sydney being a great place to visit, live and work. But this popularity comes at a price with accommodation and entertainment venues creating 47% of Sydney’s commercial waste, 21% of its carbon emissions and consuming 14% of its drinking water.

We are taking action

We are taking action. Sustainable Destination Partnership was launched in June 2018 with 40 founding members. These members represent almost half of Sydney’s hotel rooms, the majority of our well-known cultural and entertainment venues and key industry associations and supporters. The Partnership is one of many actions from the City’s Making Sydney a Sustainable Destination plan which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of the sector while saving money and attracting new customers.


The Sustainable Destination Partnership will work collaboratively to:

  • improve the environmental performance of Sydney’s accommodation and entertainment venues
  • invest in renewable energy, recycled water, waste avoidance and management and other sustainable solutions that support Sustainable Sydney 2030 goals
  • engage with regulators and governments on key environmental policy and regulatory issues
  • champion and promote our objectives and outcomes to the broader sector and wider community.

Sustainable Sydney 2030

Sustainable Sydney 2030 is the City of Sydney’s vision for a green, global and connected city. To help realise this vision the City set targets to reduce carbon emissions by 70%, divert 90% of waste from landfill and have a zero increase in potable water by 2030 (from 2006 levels).

The Sustainable Destination Partnership is one of many City initiatives helping to deliver these targets and sustainability outcomes for Sydney.

Our results

Shared measurement of data and results is a key element of the collective impact model informing the operation of the Sustainable Destination Partnership. We worked with our business members, and our data partners Kinesis and the NSW Government's Sustainability Advantage program, to develop an annual reporting framework. This identifies SDP's baseline resource use and organisational capability. On an annual basis we measure our progress towards our targets.

In its first year SDP reduced carbon emissions by 5% and also won the international Innovation in Sustainability award from the Global Sustainability Destination Index.

Our second year was a disrupted one due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, the commitment of our partners did not waiver and we were able to collect and share stories of best practice in sustainability in our 2020 Annual Report.

SDP progress report 2020 (PDF 634 KB)

SDP progress report 2019 (PDF 634 KB)

2019 Results infographic (PDF 634 KB)