New targets for a more sustainable City Renewal Precinct

Released 09/11/2018

Canberra’s City Renewal Precinct will have more trees, more green spaces, a greater mix of housing and will be easier to walk and cycle around under a new sustainability strategy released today.

Chief executive officer Malcolm Snow said the authority now had ambitious 2025 targets for energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, tree canopy cover, active travel and social mix.

“Canberrans have a high expectation that their city be environmentally, socially and economically sustainable,” Mr Snow said.

“We share with the community a desire to create welcoming, inclusive places that value social connectedness, community health and wellbeing. Places that allow people to connect with nature, and with each other, in their everyday lives.

“Social and environmental sustainability are vital elements of our program as we implement the design-led and people-focused renewal of our city precinct.

“We want a city that will still support future generations so we need to create a city now where sustainable living is a part of everyday life.  This responds to the community’s expectation for government leadership on sustainable development and access to green space.

The City Renewal Authority’s sustainability program will build on the work that’s already been done across the territory and brings together sustainability policies from across the ACT Government to form a comprehensive strategy for the City Renewal Precinct.

“We will make Canberra an even more liveable city by reducing its environmental footprint and setting a high standard of social sustainability.”

The strategy sets a number of ambitious targets for improvements in climate-wise design, social and economic vibrancy, sustainable use of resources and increased active travel.

Targets for 2025 include:

  • Improving housing choices for families by increasing the amount of three-bedroom apartments.
  • Increasing active travel by targeting a “Walk Score” of 90+, enhancing the cycling experience and encouraging accessible community and basic commercial services within a 10 minute walk from anywhere in the precinct.
  • Seek highly efficient energy performance from new buildings - non-residential buildings to have energy performance at least 25% above code.
  • Reduce potable water demand by 50% in new developments and replace 30% of public realm water demand with reused storm water.
  • Reduction in car ownership within the precinct and increase in Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure.
  • Increased greening of urban and open spaces between buildings and achieving 30% tree canopy cover.

“We have set these targets so we can influence outcomes across the precinct, both strategically and on a case-by-case basis as we see new development proposals,” Mr Snow said.

“Achieving these outcomes will require collective urban leadership from government, the community and the private sector. It is in all our interests that the city grows in a way that improves the lives of current and future generations.  We can’t do this alone and we look forward to working with all stakeholders to help make the City Renewal Precinct an even better place for people to work, live and visit.”

To see the City Renewal Authority’s sustainability strategy visit

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