Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-2021 released 

The State Government’s consultation on what it will take to make the City of Adelaide carbon neutral saw more than 550 South Australians putting forward their ideas.

Feedback showed South Australians see great benefits to Adelaide becoming carbon neutral, including the health benefits from reduced pollution and a more active lifestyle, and a greener city attracting more tourists.

This feedback, combined with advice from experts inside and outside of government, has helped shape the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan.

The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Consultation Summary report is now available here  (PDF 2.3MB).

Opportunities for contribution and involvement in Carbon Neutral Adelaide will continue. If you would like to be involved in the future please contact to be added to the mailing list.

We asked visitors at the Adelaide Central Markets pop up session: ‘Do you think making Adelaide carbon neutral is a good idea?’. Hear what community members had to say.

Check out the other videos here.


Date closed: 31 July 2016

Have your say and get involved in how we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make the City of Adelaide the world’s first carbon neutral city.

What is being decided?

Climate change presents significant challenges for South Australia. South Australia’s Climate Change Strategy 2015-2050 provides a call to action to address the challenges of climate change.

One of the six goals of the Strategy is for the City of Adelaide to become the world’s first ‘carbon neutral city’. This is a joint initiative of the State Government and the Adelaide City Council.

Becoming the world’s first carbon neutral city provides a platform to attract investment to the city and the state, create opportunities for local business and build its reputation as a clean, green and prosperous city. Employment in green innovation and sustainable business will grow as Adelaide is embraced as a real-world proving ground for next generation technology and transport for the future.

To support the move to carbon neutrality, the Government of South Australia and the Adelaide City Council are developing the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-2020. The action plan will outline the current carbon emissions profile for the City of Adelaide, the key measures and pathways required for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the opportunities that exist for action and unlocking economic opportunities, as well as State Government and Adelaide City Council commitments.

The SA Government and Adelaide City Council want to work with all city users to achieve this ambitious goal. We want to hear from business, industry and people that live, work, study or visit the City of Adelaide about how we can work together to become carbon neutral.

How can your input influence the decision?

We want your input into the development of the action plan.

The plan will outline what actions need to be taken to achieve carbon neutrality for the City of Adelaide, how we can support everyone to take action and specific commitments of the South Australian Government and Adelaide City Council to achieve this task.

What does this mean? We want your input! We want to hear how as a city we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and also make our city more liveable – it could be in our Park Lands, our CBD, as well as cultural, entertainment and recreation opportunities.

Opportunities for action are in the following six areas:

  • How we can build partnerships and encourage community action
  • Improving energy efficiency in our buildings
  • Working towards zero emissions transport
  • Increasing renewable energy use
  • Reducing waste emissions
  • Offsetting carbon emissions

The City of Adelaide can only become carbon neutral if we all work together.

How will your input be used?

Your input will help inform the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-2020, which will be released later this year. Through this engagement opportunity, you can influence how South Australians respond to the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the City of Adelaide.

The final Action Plan will be endorsed by the Government of South Australia and the Adelaide City Council.

This consultation is part of the Carbon Neutral Adelaide initiative to become the world’s first carbon neutral city.  There will be further opportunities for you to be involved as we progress, through specific programmes or projects like the Adelaide to Zero Carbon Challenge, the Sustainable City Incentive Scheme, CitySwitch and many others. 


  • Submissions are open until 5:00 pm, Friday 29 July 2016
  • Throughout July, pop in sessions will take place in the Adelaide Central Market, Topham Mall, City Library, and other locations across Adelaide.

How can you take part?

The Carbon Neutral Adelaide initiative is both an environmental imperative and an economic opportunity, and we want everyone to be involved.

View Carbon Neutral Adelaide:  A shared vision for the world’s first carbon neutral city to understand what has happened so far with Carbon Neutral Adelaide.

Join the discussion by clicking on one of the online discussions below. The questions we are exploring are: 

For general enquiries, or if you would like to be further involved in the process, please email


Fri, 16 Sep 2016 at 12:00 PM

Carbon Neutral Adelaide - Engagement Report


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