Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan Consultation
Consultation has concluded
Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-2021 released
Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-2021 released
What is being decided?
How can your input influence the decision?
How will your input be used?
How can you take part?
What is Carbon Neutral Adelaide?
The Government of South Australia and Adelaide City Council have formed a globally unique partnership to establish the City of Adelaide as the world’s first carbon neutral city. The Carbon Neutral Adelaide initiative is both an economic opportunity and an environmental imperative, and we want everyone to play our part.
The partnership will achieve carbon neutrality whilst driving economic and employment opportunities. Importantly, the City of Adelaide will be transformed into a vibrant, sustainable 21st-century city and will become a global test bed for innovative technologies.
The city has decoupled greenhouse gas emissions from economic growth, which has seen a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions while increasing the city’s GDP by 28% and increasing residential growth by 27%, all since 2007. The city is leading by example and will continue to reduce emissions in City Council and government operations.
South Australia is already making the transition to a low carbon economy. South Australia’s Climate Change Strategy 2015-2050 provides a framework for action to maximise the state’s opportunities for renewal and transformation. It sets a target for the state to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The ambition to make Adelaide the world’s first carbon neutral city forms one of the six pillars of the strategy.
What is ‘carbon neutral’?
A community, place or activity is ‘carbon neutral’ if it is effectively emitting net zero greenhouse gases. Achieving carbon neutrality involves balancing greenhouse gas emissions with activity that removes emissions from the air, such as tree planting and storing carbon underground.
South Australia’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize and the Adelaide to Zero Carbon Challenge initiative recently sought ideas and innovative solutions from South Australia and around the world that could be implemented in Adelaide to cut greenhouse gas emissions, generate new green businesses for the state and ensure Adelaide is a showcase city for renewables and clean technology.
Last year, we engaged with the South Australian public to inform the development of South Australia’s Climate Change Strategy 2015-2050. As part of this engagement, we asked you for ideas on actions that government, industry and the community could take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the City of Adelaide and create economic opportunities for the state.
The next component of the engagement is about involving the community of Adelaide, its workers, businesses and residents, in how everybody can participate and contribute to the goal of making Adelaide the world’s first carbon neutral city.
Our Shared Vision
In delivering the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partnership, the Government of South Australia and Adelaide City Council will realise the following vision for our city:
The City of Adelaide will be the world’s first carbon neutral city. Adelaide will build its reputation as a clean, green, and prosperous city. Our community will capitalise on the significant economic and environmental benefits of a swift and well-planned transition to a low carbon economy.
Economic opportunities in green, innovative and sustainable businesses will grow as Adelaide is embraced as a real-world proving ground for next-generation technology and transport for the future, attracting investment and building influence.
High performance buildings with green walls and roofs will help cool the city, be powered by renewable electricity and support efficient use of resources, will attract more residents to live and work in the city.
The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partnership will enable Adelaide to grow into a more vibrant city boasting a comprehensive network of cycleways and lively public spaces. More people will live and work in the city, without compromising its grace, space and charm.
Encouraging walking and cycling, combined with a low-emission public transport system, will reduce private car usage. Electric and hybrid vehicles will be preferred in the city.
Adelaide will be internationally recognised as a city that demonstrates that a progressive urban centre can transition successfully to a low carbon economy and reap the rewards of prosperity, liveability and desirability for future generations.
FAQ: Why the world's first carbon neutral city?
Becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city provides a platform to attract investment to the city and the state and create opportunities for local business. By leading the way we will demonstrate our capability, enhance new-economy jobs and industries, export our clean products and services to the world and enrich the liveability of our city.
Our shared vision for the city is a substantial task that will require changes to be made to metropolitan Adelaide’s transport and waste management systems and the state’s energy supply.
Our goal of carbon neutrality signals a clear direction to businesses and residents of South Australia and establishes a commitment to playing our part in limiting climate change to below two degrees of global temperature increase, as agreed globally at COP21 in December 2015, the UNFCCC Conference of Parties held in Paris.
South Australia faces an ever-present climatic challenge with droughts, floods and fires that have made us resilient and resourceful. We’re well versed in adapting to our environment, and becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city will enhance our adaptation ability.
FAQ: What is the Carbon Neutral Adelaide boundary?
The Carbon Neutral Adelaide area follows the entire Adelaide City Council municipal area as outlined in the downloadable map (PDF, 6MB).
FAQ: What is the City of Adelaide’s Carbon Emissions?
The City of Adelaide undertakes regular inventories of the greenhouse gas emissions for the Adelaide City Council area. This identifies where the key emissions come from. The city uses the global Greenhouse Gas Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories to undertake the inventory.
In 2013 the carbon emissions of the City of Adelaide were 939,532 tonnes. Emissions were primarily from energy use in buildings, transport and waste.