UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to address the most significant challenges our world is facing today. Sydney Airport directly contributes to the achievement of SIX UN SDGs.

We have mapped the SDG framework against our sustainability strategy to understand the role we play in addressing these challenges. Details on what contributing to the SDGs means in the context of our airport operations is referenced throughout our Sustainability Report.

Direct Contributions

Direct Contributions

Sustainable Development GoalUN SDG TargetSYD contribution

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure Industry, innovation and infrastructure - 150x150

9.1 Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure to support economic development and well-being, with a focus on equitable access

9.4 Upgrade infrastructure to make it sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes

• Through our commitment to operational resilience and efficiency and our sustainable design guidelines, we contribute to developing quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure

• Our pathway to Net Zero considers various decarbonisation opportunities including energy efficiency

• Our Sustainable Design Guidelines integrate mandatory sustainability requirements into the project lifecycle to enhance sustainability outcomes

• We are committed to achieving a minimum 5-star Green Star Design and As Built rating for new developments

10. Reduced inequalities Rescued inequalities - 150x150

10.2 Empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status

10.3 Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome by promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard

• Our commitment to supporting equality for all and promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace contributes to ensuring equal opportunity and promoting socio-economic inclusion

• We are an equal opportunity employer and create a diverse and inclusive workplace in which we treat each other, our customers and our stakeholders with respect, dignity and fairness

• We respect and uphold human rights and do not participate in any form of unlawful discrimination, harassment, bullying, victimisation or vilification

• Our Diversity Policy and program ensures equal opportunity at all leadership levels

• Our gender diversity target promotes equal opportunity and equality

11. Sustainable cities and communitiesSustainable cities and communities - 150x150

11.2 Provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety with attention to those in vulnerable situations

11.4 Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage

11.6 Reduce adverse environmental impact including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management

• By supporting and investing in road and transport infrastructure we contribute to providing access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems

• We identify and conserve objects and matters of natural, Indigenous or heritage value in line with regulations

• We recognise the special significance the land on which our airport sits holds for Indigenous peoples through our Reconciliation Action Plan and relationship that we have built with the people of Gamay

• Through our Airport Environment Strategy, we monitor air quality and minimise waste to landfill by reducing resource consumption and waste generation

12. Responsible consumption and production Responsible consumption and production - 150x150

12.2 Achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources

12.3 Halve food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains

12.4 Achieve environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimise their impacts

12.5 Substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse

12.6 Adopt sustainable practices and integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle

12.7 Promote procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities

• We are committed to operating the airport sustainably, reducing our environmental footprint and managing our resources efficiently

• Through our Airport Environment Strategy, we pursue opportunities to minimise waste and improve resource recovery

• Through our Construction Environment Management Handbook we are improving waste diversion with recycling and reuse requirements

• Our Airport Environment Strategy aims to prevent soil and water contamination occurring from airport activities

• We produce annual sustainability reports to inform stakeholders of our sustainability performance

• Our Supplier Code of Conduct sets minimum expectations of our suppliers covering areas including health and safety, corporate governance, workplace conditions and human rights

13. Climate action Climate change - 150x150

13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters

13.3 Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning

• Our Climate Risk and Adaptation Plan and scenario analysis enables us to prioritise and respond to climate risks

• We are building resilience in our assets as part of the transition to a low carbon future

• We are committed to working with our airport community to minimise emissions outside our control

17. Partnerships for the goals Partnerships for the goals - 150x150

17.16 Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources• We participate in trade and industry associations to share knowledge and understand best practice

• We are a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and a member of the Global Compact Network Australia