australian cities lag behind in global sustainability index

The cities ranking highly were highlighted for achieving a degree of sustainable balance, not only due to a historic economic legacy, but also due to far-sighted decisions taken to manage the long-term impacts of growth.

Sydney was Australia’s most sustainable city, ranking 34th, with Canberra 35th, Brisbane 44th and Melbourne 56th.

“With no Australian city cracking the top 30 and one in the bottom 50, it’s confirmation that we need to continue to focus on improving the long-term sustainability, resilience and performance of our cities to act on the global stage,” Arcadis cities director Stephen Taylor said.

“Despite the middle of the road rankings, the nation’s strong focus on developing integrated transit systems, addressing affordability and embracing sustainability in construction are all positive signs for future improvement across the three pillars.”

Across Australian cities, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, the shift beyond green sustainability to social sustainability has been underway.

“Both government and private developments are increasingly focusing on how projects can better improve communities, including financial gains and community wellness,” Taylor said.

Related: City of Sydney Targets Net Zero Carbon Buildings by 2050

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