Tracking city carbon emissions

We’re on our way to becoming one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities.

The City of Adelaide is internationally recognised for our commitment and contribution to reducing carbon emissions.

A growing city reducing its emissions

The City of Adelaide shares the Government of South Australia’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2025. This applies to the Adelaide city centre and North Adelaide.

Between 2007 and 2018, our residential population grew by 33 per cent, student enrolments increased by 37 per cent, gross regional product increased by 33 per cent, and city users increased by 43 per cent. Despite this significant growth, the City of Adelaide’s total carbon emissions reduced by an impressive 15 per cent.

Having grown our economy while reducing carbon emissions, we are proudly showing the world what is possible.

See our progress

Graph city emissions FY 2007
Graph city emissions FY 2018
City of Adelaide - Community GHG Inventory (tonnes CO2e by source)Base year 2006/072017/18Change from base year to 2018
Electricity and gas827,898536,888-35%
Industrial processes and product use69,245135,924+96%




How is it measured?

The City of Adelaide community greenhouse gas emissions inventory has been prepared in accordance with the Global Protocol for Community Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories (GPC).

The protocol measures the emissions within the city of Adelaide boundary, including transport, energy, waste and product use.

Under the GPC framework, the City of Adelaide accounts for greenhouse gas emissions within the city and North Adelaide. Greenhouse gas emission sources are broken into sectors, including:

  • stationary energy, which includes emissions from electricity and natural gas.
  • transportation, which includes emissions from public and private transport through road (buses, visitor and work-related travel) and railway (including trains and trams).
  • waste, which includes emissions from waste to landfill, organic waste and waste water.
  • industrial processes and product use, which includes fugitive emissions of synthetic gases used in activities such are refrigeration, air-conditioning, fire extinguishers, aerosols and electrical equipment.

Carbon Neutral Adelaide Status Report

For more information on the city’s Carbon Neutral journey, download the 2019 Carbon Neutral Adelaide Status Report, and visit the Carbon Neutral Adelaide website to see how you can play your part.

Did you know?

The Clean Energy Council reported that 53 per cent of South Australia’s electricity came from renewable sources in 2018.

In 2019, Adelaide scored a top grade on climate action from CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), the international reporting platform on greenhouse gas emissions. Just 43 cities, or seven per cent who reported their environmental data through CDP in 2018 received an A grade.