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The Barangaroo Project: climate positive development

The Barangaroo Project features art, culture, food and a vast array of retailers that cover all your shopping needs. What’s more, this development aims to be the first precinct in the world to be carbon neutral.

The precinct

Before The Barangaroo Project was constructed, the New South Wales Government assigned the precinct to the C40 Cities Climate Positive Development Program. The aim was to “be carbon neutral, be water positive, create zero waste and incorporate community wellbeing”. As a result, Barangaroo was built with sustainable urban renewal front of mind and is the first Australian large-scale carbon neutral precinct.

Credit: Sunset 20° North, Barangaroo Reserve February 2018

To meet the needs of the C40 commitment, the precinct has incorporated sustainable infrastructure such as Sydney Harbour water cooling, recycled water treatment plants, on-site renewable energy generation and embedded electricity networks. Plus, to achieve sustainable results, retailers must work alongside the precinct and are encouraged to choose sustainable suppliers and reduce waste. Stores found in Barangaroo have wholly taken up this challenge and go above and beyond to achieve the C40 aims.

Sustainable restaurants and shopping with a difference

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and anything in-between you will find at Barangaroo. To start your food journey, why not drop down The Rabbit Hole and start your day right by trying their large range of organic teas. For lunch could you stop into love.fish which features an awesome range sustainable seafood. Barangaroo House has something for everyone. This multilevel building contains a ground floor House Bar, a hatted restaurant named Bea and a rooftop bar, Smoke. Since the opening of this building in 2018, the focus has been on sustainability with the use of ethical sourcing and producers as well as a comprehensive waste management system.

Credit: Barangaroo Delivery Authority

Then there’s the retailers. Head to Bel and Brio to pick up all your pantry staples, wander through The Cellars and choose from over 2000 Australian, French and Italian wines. If you’re looking for homewares, kitchenware and dinnerware, look no further than the icon Peter’s on Kensington. Barangaroo is also host to an assortment of clothing venders. However, you must stop into Modarte which features suits made from the finest Australian merino wool and will look after all your tailoring needs.

To keep retailers in line with the goals of Barangaroo, rainwater tanks are utilised, and energy is created with onsite solar panels. Waste generated from both commercial and residential buildings are treated and managed with more than 80% being divert away from landfill.

Barangaroo Reserve and getting here

If you’re looking to learn a little more about Barangaroo and Sydney Harbour, you can take part in an Aboriginal Cultural Tour. You will be guided through six-hectares of headland at Barangaroo Reserve learning about the 75,000 Australian trees and scrub which inhabit the reserve. While you meander your way through the reserve, keep an eye and ear out for native Australian bees that have been reintroduced to help pollinate the different native plant species. You will notice that the Barangaroo Project has around 50% of its area devoted to public space to ensure community wellbeing is maintained.

Credit: Barangaroo Delivery Authority

Careful consideration has been taken to ensure a vast array of transport options are available for visitors. To get Barangaroo you can take a bus, train, cycle or walk. You also have the option to use the ferry has two wharfs have been created. A metro station is also due to open in 2024, offering yet another easy transport option.

No matter how you get to the Barangaroo Project, here is the place to find urban renewal done right. Explore a large range of shops, restaurants, art and culture and experience it all knowing the very foundations lie with and ethos of sustainability.

Where?

Website: www.barangaroo.com

Found stretching along the coastline, 1 km north-west of Sydney CBD.

Ella Blundell
Ella’s hobbies include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But when she isn’t thinking about or eating food she can be found learning or talking to people about her passions: tourism and sustainability.