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 ten UN SDGs, and indirectly contribute to five.

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
Indirect Contributions

Direct Contributions

Sustainable Development GoalUN SDG TargetSYD contribution

4. Quality education Quality education - 150x150

4.4 Substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

4.5 Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable

4.6 Ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults achieve literacy and numeracy

• Through our Educational Support Policy, we support ongoing development of employee capability through external courses of study and training

• We support education in our community through our scholarship programs

• Through our community development programs we support young people with access to education and training

• Our SYD100 scholarship program helps foster education in the fields of aviation and commerce. The scholarship is awarded to a student from a group under-represented in aviation including indigenous students, women, students from diverse cultural backgrounds and those who are financially disadvantaged

5. Gender equality Gender equality - 150x150

5.1 End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls

5.2 Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation

5.5 Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership levels

5.c Adopt and strengthen sound policies for the promotion of gender equality

• We are committed to creating a workplace that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, bullying, victimisation, and vilification and are committed to respecting human rights

• We partner with the Australian Federal Police and Anti-Slavery Australia to create awareness on prevention of human trafficking and slavery

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

• We are committed to increase female representation in management and overall

6. Clean water and sanitation Clean water - 150x150

6.3 Improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimising release of hazardous chemicals and materials, and increasing recycling

6.4 Increase water-use efficiency and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity

6.5 Implement integrated water resources management at all levels, as appropriate

6.6 Protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

• Our Airport Environment Strategy (AES) aims to minimise the impact of airport operations on water quality

• We recycle water for use in toilet flushing and cooling towers

• We are committed to minimising potable water use by using alternative and recycled water where appropriate

• Our Water Management Environmental Action Plan reflects an integrated strategic approach to water-related environmental aspects

• Our wetlands enhancement program supports the biodiversity and functioning of the Sydney Airport Wetlands

7. Affordable and clean energy Affordable and clean energy - 150x150

7.2 Increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

7.3 Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency

• Our pathway to neutrality considers use of renewable energy

• 75% of our T1 and T2 contracted energy load is sourced from a renewable energy PPA

• Our 550kw rooftop solar array generates renewable electricity for consumption across the airport

• Our Energy Savings Plan aims to implement cost effective energy saving opportunities in our operations

8. Decent work and economic growth Decent work and economic growth - 150x150

8.2 Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technology and innovation

8.5 Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men and equal pay for work of equal value

8.7 Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and end child labour in all its forms

8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants

• We provide access to a worldwide transportation network which is important for global businesses and supports economic productivity

• Our Diversity Policy requires equal opportunity for men and women

• Our Supplier Code of Conduct sets out expectations of our suppliers with regards to labour rights and we assess our suppliers against this biennially

• Our Human Right Policy ensures human rights are respected and upheld

• We partner with the Australian Federal Police and Anti-Slavery Australia to create awareness on prevention of human trafficking and slavery

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 neutrality 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 4-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

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

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

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

• Through our waste action plan and strategy, we pursue opportunities to minimise waste and improve resource recovery

• We produce annual sustainability reports to inform stakeholders of the airport’s sustainability performance

• Our Supplier Code of Conduct sets out 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

Indirect contributions

Sustainable Development GoalUN SDG TargetSYD contribution

3. Good health and wellbeing Good health 150x150

3.4 Reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and promoting mental health and well-being

3.6 Halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

3.9 Substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

• Our COVID safe work plan supports our workforce with safe work practices during the pandemic

• Our focus on mental health and wellbeing supports our people and the airport community to live healthy lives and maintain wellbeing

• We support, invest in and advocate for road and transport infrastructure to support safe movement

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

14. Life below water Life below water - 150x150

14.1 Prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds

14.2 Sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans

• Our Airport Environment Strategy aims to prevent pollution from airport activities

• Our wetlands enhancement program supports the biodiversity and functioning of nationally significant Sydney Airport Wetlands at the airport

• We identify, preserve and, where practicable, enhance significant native flora, fauna and biodiversity habitat on the airport

15. Life on land Life on land - 150x150

15.1 Ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services in line with international agreements

15.2 Promote the sustainable management of all types of forests

15.5 Take action to reduce the degradation of natural habitats, halt the loss of biodiversity and prevent the extinction of threatened species

• Our wetlands enhancement program supports the biodiversity and functioning of nationally significant Sydney Airport Wetlands at the airport

• Our building design considers the sustainable use of timber contributing to sustainable forestry

• Our wetlands enhancement program assesses the ecological significance of wetlands including the conservation of threatened or endangered species

16. Peace, justice and strong institions Peace justice and strong institutions - 150x150

16.5 Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms• Our Code of Conduct outlines expectations to prevent bribery and corruption in our operations

• Our Supplier Code of Conduct requires our suppliers to implement procedures to prevent corruption in any form

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