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Brisbane has made considerable strides in its commitment to helping create a clean, green, more sustainable future for the city, as the most improved Australian city in the 2022 Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDSI).

In 2019, Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA) embarked on a sustainability journey by joining the GDSI, before an internal Sustainability Working Group was introduced to develop and support delivery of BEDA’s annual Sustainability Action Plan.

Efforts to boost the city’s green credentials saw its Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDSI) score soar by 6 points to 71% in 2022.

BEDA is committed to continuing its journey towards becoming a globally recognised sustainable destination and recently secured funding to participate in the Eco-certified Tourism Destination Program facilitated by EarthCheck.

Through this program, BEDA will raise awareness of Brisbane as a sustainable, low carbon and climate resilient tourism destination and work with industry to encourage the adoption of sustainable practises which will support and respond to the rapidly changing needs and expectations of visitors.

In 2022-23 BEDA also participated in the Queensland Tourism Climate Action Project, and in 2023 became the first Australian city to be awarded a silver certification in the United Nations Habitat’s Sustainable Development Goals Cities program.

BEDA is committed to championing sustainable economic development in Brisbane so that, together with Brisbane City Council, the opportunities and lifestyle we create today will positively contribute to a better quality of life for future residents and businesses.

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A Sustainable Brisbane

BEDA is committed to driving sustainable economic growth for the city. In delivering these outcomes, the business is conscious of protecting the opportunities and quality of life for future generations of Brisbane residents and businesses.  

Being able to position the destination as a sustainable, low carbon and climate resilient tourism destination with globally recognised credentials undoubtably offers more for visitors, investors, and business.

To help achieve this outcome, BEDA works collaboratively with tourism operators and industry partners to support, promote and enable improvements to sustainable practices across the Brisbane region, which results in re a competitive advantage for the city now and into the future.  

BEDA’s Core Values

BEDA’s core values; Delivering Together, Respecting Each Other, Making an Impact and Acting With Integrity, support the company vision, shape the workplace culture and enable delivery of the strategic plan. These four values are also interwoven with BEDA’s commitment to sustainability and reflect the team’s objective to create opportunities that maximise Brisbane’s long-term sustainable economic growth  

BEDA’s Sustainability Action Plan  

In 2022, BEDA’s Sustainability Action Plan was endorsed by its shareholder, Board and Leadership Team. Since then, the programs and initiatives within the Sustainability Action Plan were integrated into BEDA’s 2022-23 Business Plan, flowing through into each departmental Operational Plan for the same period.

BEDA’s internal Sustainability Working Group champions and supports delivery of the Sustainability Action Plan. 

Sustainability Working Group 

BEDA’s Sustainability Working Group is a cross-functional, employee-led committee with representatives from across the business who are passionate about sustainable economic development and made a commitment to contribute to the implementation of the initiatives set out in the Sustainability Action Plan.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals support an international shift to a more sustainable economy that leads to greener, more inclusive economies and stronger, more resilient societies.

BEDA’s Sustainability Action Plan aligns to its shareholder’s priorities and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

BEDA proactively leads activities that align with the following six SDGs:

  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Through delivery of its business priorities, BEDA can influence activities that align with the following four SDGs:

  • Goal 2: Zero Hunger
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 13: Climate Action