Sustainable Development Goals

We're working to build a more equitable and sustainable world.
The United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) layout a framework of environmental, social and economic imperatives to ensure peaceful and sustainable futures for all nations.

Our progress toward the SDGs

We're proud to be one of the top universities in the world for accelerating the pace of environmental and social change.

All campuses are powered by 100% renewables, the University is helping Australian businesses implement net zero technologiesadvising governments on climate change, bushfires, and pioneering green technologies, like a novel way to turn plastic waste into an asset.

The University of Sydney is strategically aligned with the SDGs through our Sustainability Strategy and as signatories to the UN Global Compact. The University is a member of the Board of Future Earth and is also part of the UN General Council Initiative Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) that, through collaboration and partnership, aims to develop and implement solutions through education, research and policy analysis.

We are building a generation of students who will learn personal, social and professional skills that contribute to the development of a sustainable future.
University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Mark Scott

SDG 1 is focused on eradicating extreme poverty for all people everywhere.






SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning.

SDG 7 aims to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.

  • University of Sydney researcher, Professor Kondo Francois Aguey-Zinsou is one of the world’s thought-leaders on hydrogen, focussed on refining and extending hydrogen-based technologies. Aguey-Zinsou's goal is to produce zero-carbon energy for everyone.
  • Sydney Environment Institute hosted a Critical Minerals Symposium in September 2023 to gather together scholars working on critical minerals mining for discussion around the transition to renewable energy from Australia and overseas.
  • University of Sydney's Professor Anita Ho-Baillie has joined forces with Sydney-based renewable technology company, SunDrive, to commercialise perovskite-silicon cells which are set to drastically improve the efficiency of solar cell technology.

SDG 10 aims to reduce inequality within and among countries.

SDG 13 takes urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

SDG 16 promotes peaceful and inclusive societies, provides justice for all inclusive institutions.


SDG 2 is about creating a world free of hunger for all.


SDG 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.



SDG 8 promotes sustainable economic growth, productive employment and decent work.

SDG 11 aims to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.


SDG 14 aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

SDG 17 is focused on revitalising the global partnership for sustainable development.

SDG 3 focuses on  promoting well-being for all at all ages. 




SDG 6 focuses on ensuring access to water and sanitation for all.

SDG 9 works to promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

SDG 12 works to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

SDG 15 looks at sustainably managing forests and halting biodiversity loss.