All major airports inevitably have an effect on the environment and local communities in which they operate. For Sydney Airport to operate sustainably and minimise environmental impacts, we endeavour to conduct business in a way that is environmentally, socially and economically responsible.

We're committed to working with others to ensure aviation plays its role in protecting the environment.

Our environmental management focuses on a cooperative and proactive approach with regulatory agencies, airport stakeholders and our business partners. We work together with the broader aviation community to reduce environmental impacts every day and improves environmental performance.

Our Airport Environment Strategy 2013-2018 outlines more than 100 ongoing and new actions and initiatives to minimise our impact on the environment and support our objective of sustainable growth.

We've delivered a number of significant projects with long term benefits for the environment, including:

  • protecting the nationally significant Sydney Airport Wetlands
  • developing and maintaining a major water recycling plant which saves the equivalent of an Olympic swimming pool of water every four days
  • delivering infrastructure to support cleaner and quieter aircraft including providing fixed electrical ground power to aircraft
  • a $5 million investment into environmentally friendly ground transport, including Australia‚Äôs first electric buses
  • achieving Level 1 ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation in 2014, Level 2 in 2015 and Level 3 in 2016
  • working closely with our tenants to promote environmental gains, including the implementation of a waste education strategy