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Carbon Neutral Adelaide

Adelaide and South Australia have a long history of innovation and leadership, and our approach to climate change is no different.

Between 2007 and 2013 the City of Adelaide’s carbon emissions reduced by 20%. At the same time our residential population grew by 27%, office floor area increased by 16% and economy grew by 28%.

Having successfully decoupled economic growth from carbon emissions, we are showing the world what is possible. 

Our Carbon Neutral Strategy 2015-2025 and joint Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-2021 with the Government of South Australia, details our aspiration for Adelaide to be the world’s first carbon neutral city.

Download: Carbon Neutral Strategy 2015-2025 (4MB)

Download: Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-2021 (PDF)

Download: Carbon Neutral Action Plan Foldout (PDF, 1MB)

Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partnership

The Government of South Australia shares our aspiration for Adelaide to be the world’s first carbon neutral city. We are working closely with the Government towards this goal.

This close collaboration between two tiers of government is significant and has been formalised through two mechanisms:

  • The joint signing of the Compact of Mayors by Council and the Compact of States and Regions by the Premier, the first such pairing in Australia of these two important international networks
  • A Sector Agreement under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007.

Our shared vision statement (2MB) outlines what Carbon Neutral Adelaide will look like and how we intend to make it a reality.

The Carbon Neutral Adelaide – Foundation Report (3MB)  provides further information about City carbon emissions from 2007 to 2050.

For more information about the Government of South Australia’s target of zero net carbon emissions for South Australia by 2050, visit the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and the Climate Change website. 


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