In 2007, the City of Sydney developed a long-term strategic vision and plan for the future, Sustainable Sydney 2030. Building on the success of this plan, the City of Sydney are looking beyond the minimum 10-year lifespan to develop a vision for ‘Sydney 2050’ that is community led and informed by reliable research and technical advice. Planning for Sydney 2050 will look to the recently developed Resilient Sydney report which provides the first strategic direction for the city to increase its “ability to survive, adapt and thrive in the face of increasing global uncertainty and local shocks and stresses”.
A key direction of this report and of the planning for Sydney 2050 is to ‘live with our climate’. Within this, extreme heat is identified as the one of the primary challenges for Greater Sydney and addressing it requires collaborative action and policy to minimise the associated health risks and resource demands. Therefore, the purpose of this report is to provide urban overheating mitigation recommendations to support the strategic planning of Sydney 2050 based on in-depth research conducted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
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Cities and states are always looking for ways to more efficiently and effectively deliver public services, such as flood management, resource conservation, pollution prevention, social equity and human health.
This project was carried out by UNSW Sydney and Swinburne University in collaboration with government and industry partners. This report briefly outlines the achievements of the project, incorporating several previously published reports and case studies in addition to two new case studies in Parramatta and Macarthur Heights.
Overheating of cities is causing serious energy, environmental and health problems and it has a serious impact on the whole economic and cultural life of cities. To counterbalance the impact of high urban temperatures several mitigation technologies have been proposed, developed and implemented.
Urban spaces are experiencing warmer microclimates as the combined result of climate change and the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. While climate change projections indicate a likely increase of 2°C in Australia by 2070, an additional heat load of 10°C exists in the built environment.