Carbon Neutral Adelaide

Working together to make Adelaide one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities.

Carbon Neutral Adelaide is our community’s shared ambition to work together to make the city of Adelaide one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities. To achieve our goal, individuals, businesses and as a community, we need to rapidly reduce our carbon emissions.

Council leads the way

The City of Adelaide will showcase the economic, social and environmental opportunities of responding to climate change, including the uptake of renewable energy and clean, smart technologies. These leading examples could attract new investment to the city, North Adelaide and the State while creating opportunities for local business, innovation and new industries.

Visit the Carbon Neutral Adelaide website to learn about the community’s shared aspiration for carbon neutrality.

See how the City of Adelaide is reducing the emissions from Council's own operations.

Play your part

All city users can reduce carbon emissions, whether directly within their household, organisations, supply chains, advocacy and professional life. There are many ways you can help make the city of Adelaide become carbon neutral.

  • Make your home or building more energy efficient.
  • Make your travel to, from and around the city greener and more active or consider an electric vehicle.
  • Choose renewable energy.
  • Reduce waste and water use.
  • Reduce carbon emissions and offset those that are unavoidable.
  • Join the growing Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partner Program.

In addition, the City of Adelaide is offering a range of incentives and support for the community and business sectors:

Together we will strengthen our reputation as a smart, green, liveable and creative city.

Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partner Program

From pedal powered food carts to banks and commercial property companies, Adelaide’s business community is a broad and active leadership community. Organisations in the partnership actively contribute to our community’s shared aspiration for the city of Adelaide to be the world’s first carbon neutral city.

Carbon Neutral Adelaide partner, Adelaide Festival, were certified as a Climate Active carbon neutral event in 2020 and have committed to certification in future years. In the videos below, they explain the nitty-gritty of what it means to go carbon neutral. 

Play your part and find out about becoming a Carbon Neutral Adelaide partner.

Carbon Neutral Adelaide awards

The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Awards celebrate the contributions by Carbon Neutral Adelaide Partners towards our shared our aspiration for the city of Adelaide to become a carbon neutral city.

The 2021 Carbon Neutral Adelaide Awards were presented at Adelaide Town Hall, the winners were:

Community Leadership — Christie Walk setting the pace for low carbon urban Precincts

Business Leadership — Uniting Communities honoured for low carbon business leadership

Innovation for a Low Carbon Economy — GPA engineering and Io Energy recognised for low carbon innovation in Adelaide

Achievement in Energy & Built Environment — Suntrix and Allume unlocking shared solar for the apartment blocks in City of Adelaide

Achievement in Circular Economy — Mister Rye and University of Adelaide taking strides to a circular economy

Achievement in Transport — Zero Automotive battery electric land cruiser developed in Adelaide recognised for under-ground ready potential

Further reading

The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Status Report July 2019 provides a snapshot of progress against the actions in the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-21.

The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016–2021 details our aspiration for Adelaide to be the world’s first carbon neutral city.

The City of Adelaide Carbon Neutral Strategy 2015–2025 sets out the aspiration for Adelaide to become a carbon neutral city.

Sector Agreement under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007.

Our Shared vision statement for Carbon Neutral Adelaide outlines what Carbon Neutral Adelaide will look like and how we intend to make it a reality.

The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Foundation Report provides further information about city carbon emissions from 2007 to 2050.

Need more information?

For more information, refer to the Carbon Neutral Adelaide website.