Environment

Views of Sydney Olympic Park
               Photo: SOPA

Sydney Olympic Park Authority seeks to set a high standard of environmental performance, and works to continually improve the sustainability of Sydney Olympic Park and the business activities of the Authority. 

The Authority has implemented many new sustainability initiatives since its inception in 2001.  These are additional to our routine environmental management activities and span areas including flora and fauna conservation, leachate management, water conservation, transportation, heritage conservation, energy efficiency, environmental education and development.  In 2013, the Authority was awarded the Green Globe 10-year Sustainability Award for significant environmental achievements over the past decade.  The Green Globe Awards are NSW’s leading environment awards, recognising environmental excellence, leadership and innovation.  

The Environmental Guidelines for Sydney Olympic Park are the foundation of the Authority’s approach to environmental management and have legislative force under the Sydney Olympic Park Authority Act 2001.  The Guidelines address eight areas of significance for Sydney Olympic Park and set particular objectives for each.  These areas are:

  • Water conservation
  • Energy conservation
  • Material selection
  • Waste management
  • Transport
  • Pollution control
  • Biodiversity
  • Public open space

Environmental performance and environmental initiatives are reported annually in the Sydney Olympic Park Authority Annual Report.

The Environmental Guidelines build on the legacy of the 'Green Games', which was the catalyst for Sydney Olympic Park's transformation from a badly degraded area into a world-recognised environmental showpiece, and resulted in:

  • Successful remediation of 160 hectares of contaminated land and on-site containment of nine million cubic metres of excavated waste in Australia’s largest land remediation project
  • creation of one of the largest urban parklands in Australia (430 hectares)
  • development of world class venues and facilities for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, designed with a strong focus on: energy and water conservation, sustainable materials selection, pollution control, and waste management and minimisation
  • establishment of Australia's first large scale urban water recycling system, saving approximately 850 million litres of drinking water each year
  • extensive use of renewable energy across the Park
  • Restoration of remnant eucalypt forest and estuarine wetlands
  • Design and construction of new grassland, wetland, forest, saltmarsh and intertidal habitats including habitats for the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog.
  • development of environmental education, interpretation and research programs.

More on the Olympic environmental legacy is available in the Adobe PDF document Integrating ESD - the Environmental Legacy of Sydney Olympic Park (PDF 170KB) and the ESD compendium