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 2017, our residential population grew by 26%, student enrolments increase by 35%, gross regional product increased by 35%, and Adelaide Oval increased its seating capacity 57%. Despite this significant growth, the City of Adelaide’s total carbon emissions reduced by an impressive 12 per cent.

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

See our progress

City emissions 2006 07
City emissions 2016 17

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.
  • product use, which includes fugitive emissions of synthetic gases used in activities such are refrigeration, air-conditioning, fire extinguishers, aerosols and electrical equipment.

Did you know?

The Clean Energy Council reported that 53% 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.