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A Sustainable City

Melbourne is committed to developing its capacity for the delivery of sustainable events and conferences and actively sharing learnings from such events with the tourism sector and broader community.

Melbourne is a highly connected city that offers a range of sustainable transport options for delegates.

Melbourne is set in a compact grid layout, making it very easy to navigate by foot. The City of Melbourne has developed a series of self-guided walks to help delegates explore the city by foot.

Melbourne has introduced a Bike Share Scheme, allowing users to hire one of 600 bikes at the 50 docking stations around the city centre. Bike sharing is a great way to get around the city as an alternative to driving. It's also healthier and more sustainable.

The Free Tram Zone in Melbourne's CBD makes it easier for delegates to move around the city and to and from the Convention Centre. The City Circle Tram (Route 35) travels the perimeter of the CBD, taking in many of Melbourne's landmarks, using iconic W-Class trams offering a historical tram experience.

Car sharing services provide cars on demand, for rent either by the hour or by the day, and no parking hassles when done. Every car share vehicle removes nine privately owned cars off the road and reduces car usage up to 50 per cent. There are over 350 car share vehicles located in the City of Melbourne. The City of Melbourne has agreements with five car share companies to use on-street parking spaces, including Flexicar, GoGet, GreenShareCar, Popcar and RACV Car share. Peer to peer car share companies such as Car Next Door also operate within the City of Melbourne. In July 2015, the City of Melbourne approved a policy that will see 2000 car share spaces installed in the municipality by 2021.

The City of Melbourne TravelSmart map is a handy pocket-sized street map which provides information on tram, train and bus networks as well as walking and cycling routes in central and inner Melbourne. It highlights local sustainable transport options and includes standard Melway references and helpful safety tips.

City of Melbourne Sustainability Initiatives

CoM is committed to becoming a carbon neutral city and creating a bold and sustainable future for Melbourne. Such an ambitious goal can only be achieved through collaboration with key stakeholders across Melbourne, including major event and conference organisers to deliver best practice sustainable events in Melbourne.

CoM's goal is to become an eco-city. With many innovative programs underway, CoM focuses on improving the sustainability of the city's building stock, reducing carbon emissions, protecting our world-renowned parks and gardens and developing ways to capture, store and reuse stormwater within the city.

Melbourne has one of the most ambitious carbon emission reduction targets of any city in the world. In 2002, CoM set the target of zero net emissions by 2020. This target is for both the Council's operations and for the entire municipality.

This program encourages building owners, managers and facility managers to improve their efficiency and reduce waste. The goal is to retrofit two-thirds of the city's 1800 office buildings with state-of-the-art energy and water technology by 2020.

The CoM's latest tools to adapt our city to climate change include roofs, walls and facades that have soil and vegetation. These help cool hot cities, reduce storm water drainage, provide a layer of soil-like material and plants, and help insulate buildings all year round. Having green roofs, walls and facades enhances our urban landscape, as well as creating social and leisure environments.

Melbourne has a vast tree population comprising 77,000 council-owned trees, worth around AU$730 million. With the mantle of world's most liveable city, trees are a defining part of Melbourne crucial for our parks, gardens, green spaces and tree-lined streets. Amongst other threats, drought, climate change, urban growth, severe water restrictions and an ageing tree stock have driven the city to develop the Urban Forest Strategy. This strategy will enable the city to manage threats and protect the trees and green spaces. A central aim is that canopy cover throughout the city will increase from 22% to 40% by 2040.

The CoM completed a major stormwater harvesting project in June 2012. The system has the capacity to capture an estimated 21 million litres of stormwater each year. This project provides the dual benefits of restricting demand on the city's drinking water supplies and reducing pollution loads into local waterways.

  • 6th in the world in A.T. Kearney's Global Cities 2017 Report
  • 2017 Intelligent Community of the Year, Intelligent Community Forum
  • Australasia's Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2013- 2016. World Travel Awards
  • World's Most Liveable City 2011-2016. The Economist Intelligence Unit
  • UNESCO City of Literature in 2008. The second city in the world to receive this designation
  • International Safe City, accredited by the World Health Organisation
  • One of 16 cities selected for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge, 2015 
  • C40 and Siemens City Climate Leadership Award 2014 for the Urban Landscapes Climate Adaptation Program
  • City of Melbourne has been recognised as a world leader in community engagement, winning Australasian and International Organisation of the Year at the International Association of Public Participation Core Values Awards in 2014
  • 2014 SportsBusiness Ultimate Sports City winner, large city category
  • Aon Hewitt's 2012 People Risk Index ranked Melbourne the 16th lowest risk city in the world (out of 131 cities studied) for low risks associated with recruiting, employing and relocating employees


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