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Climate Resilient Places

Our goal | Enable net positive outcomes

About Climate Resilient Places

Climate Resilient Places 3We will lead environmental performance across our developments by committing to enabling carbon neutral, and water positive, with zero waste and net positive ecological outcomes by 2028.

Carbon neutral means we generate net zero carbon emissions. This can be achieved by a combination of reduction of energy use, alternative generation and offsetting. Water positive means our developments capture and supply more water than they use. ‘Potable water’ means fit for drinking. Zero waste means zero waste to landfill, both in construction and operation of our created assets.  Net positive ecological outcomes means we will leave the environment in a better condition to the way we found it.  These leadership targets have a goal of 2028. 


Why is it important?

We seek to enabled projects as environmental performance leaders, setting a 'new normal' across NSW and Australia as a whole.

Many projects and precincts are already on a pathway to meet similar targets, and a handful already exceed our vision. Our objective is that this highest level of performance become 'business as usual' for a sustainable future.

Each of the issues of carbon, water, ecology and waste are important in their own right. Carbon is both a cost of energy and climate change issue. Water positive developments remove pressure on the centralized water system and allow for more efficient precinct planning. Net zero waste reduces both the cost and environmental burden of landfill, and increases innovation in closed loop materials design. Net positive ecological outcomes means we are treading lightly on the landscape.

Related Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

In order to meaningfully contribute to any of the Sustainable Development Goals, we must have strong governance and accountability. This means that we as Landcom, and our development partners and stakeholders, must commit to delivering sustainable urban environments – and we also ask our supply chain to get on board too.

In order to realise our own Strategy targets, it will require commitment from all of our stakeholders and beyond. This in turn will support our contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Development Goals

6. Clean Water
10. Reduced Inequalities
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
12. Responsible Consumption and Production
13. Climate Action
14. Life Below Water
15. Life on Land

New Urban Agenda

habitat IIIThe New Urban Agenda has shared vision for cities and human settlements globally. That includes nations such as Australia, and those less fortunate. By embedding this shared vision for cities in the way we approach urban renewal, we can support the following environmental outcomes sought by the New Urban Agenda.

“…cities and human settlements that:
(a) fulfil their social function, including the social and ecological function of land, with a view to progressively achieve the full realization of the right to … universal access to safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation… food security and nutrition…infrastructure…and transportation, energy, air quality, and livelihoods; 

(g) adopt and implement disaster risk reduction and management, reduce vulnerability, build resilience and responsiveness to natural and man-made hazards, and foster mitigation and adaptation to climate change; 

(h) protect, conserve, restore, and promote their ecosystems, water, natural habitats, and biodiversity, minimize their environmental impact, and change to sustainable consumption and production patterns.”

COP12 Paris Agreement

cop paris perspective cropped6Across our portfolio, we will do our part to “hold of average temperature increase to well below 2°C, and build resilience within the built environment and our communities to climate change” in accordance with the Paris Agreement.

Urban development contributes up to 30% of global emissions, and 40% of all energy use. Reducing our environmental footprint, and embedding sustainable and efficient technology will establish more resilient, less intensive communities for the future.

100 Resilient Cities

100 Resilience Cities Logo8The 100RC preliminary impact assessment identifies increasing chronic illnesses, lack of transport diversity and diminishing social cohesion as chronic stresses facing Sydney. Our aim is to build upon community cohesion, and support people and our communities to bounce back in times of adversity.

Our Strategy includes targets for all projects to undertake Climate Change Adaptation and Community Resilience planning; embed sustainable energy, water and waste technologies, and enhance our natural environment to leverage the endless benefits of nature.

Environmental Sustainability Targets

Our environmental targets are based on research, collaboration and international benchmarking.

Energy and emissions targets

We seek to conserve energy and drive energy-efficient, low-carbon, low-emissions precincts for the future.


  • All new projects modeled to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions at a precinct scale (transport & stationary) by 50% against 2016 reference case
  • 5% of predicted project energy demand supplied from onsite renewable energy, where site constraints permit 

Climate and resilience targets

We will embed adaptation and resilience strategies into all precincts and expand community awareness of those strategies.


  • All new projects to prepare and implement an effective Climate Change Adaptation Plan; and Community Resilience Plan 
  • All new projects enhance the local habitat, biodiversity or ecological communities, compared to the site conditions pre-development
  • 20-50% of the total project site area, in plan-view, is comprised of building or landscape elements that reduce the impact of urban heat island effect

Water targets

We will design our precincts based on best practice water sensitive urban design principles, and reduce the use of potable water.


  • All projects to embed Water Sensitive Urban Design or other water sensitive strategies to reduce storm water pollutant loads to minimise discharge from project sites (pollutant discharge loads not to exceed Nitrogen 45, Phosphorus 65, Suspended Solids 85 and Gross Pollutants 90)
  • All new projects modelled to reduce mains potable water demand by 50% at the precinct scale, against a 2016 reference case

Waste & materials targets

We will drive innovation in waste reduction and further enable the use of responsible resources.


  • All new projects divert minimum 95% construction waste from landfill (excl. contamination or hazardous materials)
  • 100% timber sourced for construction (by weight) is Forest Stewardship Council Certified or agreed equivalent (i.e. Australian Forestry Standards)

Environmental management targets

We seek to create, maintain and enhance a culture of high environmental performance.


  • All projects will adopt the use of industry recognised rating tools at a master plan and built form scale, achieving not less than ‘Australian Best Practice’ equivalent
  • All office, retail and hotels to achieve a 5 Star Energy and Water NABERS rating 
  • All residential dwellings to achieve the following minimum energy ratings: Detached and semi-detached: 60 | Low Rise BASIX 55 | Mid-Rise BASIX 45 | High Rise BASIX 40
  • All residential dwellings to achieve BASIX 60 water rating

We are also thinking about

We know there are always emerging areas of sustainability, and are committed to advancing our approach over time.  Some further areas of exploration for us include:

  • understanding Landcom’s role for improving air quality within our communities
  • establishing how life cycle assessments may improve our supply chain and reduce embodied carbon within our projects
  • determining the value of adopting a Landcom materials Red List.