Single-use items

Working to reduce single use items in our businesses.

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Shared measurement

Shared measurement of data and results is a key element of the collective impact model informing the operation of the Sustainable Destination Partnership.

We are working with our data partners Kinesis and the NSW Government’s Sustainability Advantage program to develop an annual reporting framework. This framework will identify SDP’s baseline resource use and organisational capability from which we will measure our progress. It will guide our projects, recognise the targets we are working towards, and inform the data we collect to evaluate and illustrate our success.

Food waste

Australia sends more than 5 million tonnes of food waste to landfill each year – enough to fill 9,000 Olympic sized swimming pools. This type of waste generates approximately 8% of global emissions and costs the economy about $20 million a year.

Food waste is around a third of the waste that Sydney’s accommodation and entertainment sector generates. The opportunities to save money from reducing food waste are enormous, with 1 report finding that the average hotel saves $7 for every $1 invested in reducing this type of waste.

SDP is working to eliminate food waste, which includes understanding how our partners currently manage food waste and piloting a range of toolkits. This work will help identify, and ultimately embed best practice in food waste management in our partner organisations and the broader sector.

Sustainable procurement

The products and services we purchase have a profound impact on Sydney’s social, environmental and economic sustainability. Sustainable procurement makes purchasing decisions based on the lifecycle of goods and services, their value for money, and the long-term benefits they deliver society, the economy and the environment.

SDP is using its collective procurement power to work towards aligning our supply chains with our sustainability objectives. We are currently mapping our key suppliers, to identify existing best practice in sustainable procurement, and to develop tools and resources that encourage supply chain sustainability.