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Reducing Council Emissions

Council has a long and successful history of demonstrating national and international leadership in climate change mitigation.

Council reduced its carbon emissions by 60% between 1994 and 2009/10. The Carbon Neutral Strategy 2015-2025 (PDF, 4MB) sets an ambitious target of zero net carbon emissions from its operations by 2020.

In 2011, Council adopted the Energy Management Action Plan 2011-2015 (EMAP) (revised on 5 June, 2012).

The EMAP responded to Council’s achievement of a 60% emissions reduction and established a central strategy to maintain emissions to no greater than the new low level. EMAP established ambitious targets to maximise long term carbon reduction from Council’s operations.

In 2015, Council met its strategic targets for energy use, carbon emissions and GreenPower from its operations:

  • Council’s energy use reduced by 15.5% between 2009/10 and 2014/15, which meets the target of 15% reduction over this time period.
  • Council’s carbon emissions were 14,000 tonnes CO2-e in 2014/15, which meets the target of no net increase in carbon emissions by 2014, from the 2009/10 baseline of 14,000 tonnes CO2-e.
  • Council purchased 3.6% of its electricity as accredited GreenPower in 2014/15, and 19% in 2013/14, which meets the target of purchasing no greater than 35% of total electricity used by 2014.

Of the eight strategies in the EMAP, six (75%) have been achieved, one has been partially achieved and one not achieved.

Of the twenty-nine actions in the EMAP, twenty-three (79%) have been completed, five have been partially completed and one not completed.

These achievements delivered an annual cost saving to Council of $800,000 in avoided energy costs, based on 2014/15 prices.

Council is well positioned to pursue its Carbon Neutral Strategy 2015-2025 (PDF, 4MB) target of zero net carbon emissions from its operations by 2020. 

Featured Projects

Adelaide Town Hall

DOWNLOAD: Environmentally Sustainable City Town Hall Case Study

As the third highest energy user in 2011 the Adelaide Town Hall facility underwent an Energy Efficiency and Opportunities Review.

Today, through a number of successful projects involving lighting, voltage and water systems, there have been substantial savings in electricity use, carbon emissions and expenditure.

Adelaide Aquatic Centre

The Aquatic Centre once used more energy than the Adelaide Central Markets, Town Hall and the five U-Parks combined.

Today, with the help of the Australia Government and a host of new systems and infrastructure, it has become leaner and greener. 

Find out more at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre website.

LED Public Lighting

Public lighting is the second largest corporate electricity user and source of corporate carbon emissions - it accounts for 24.7% of total electricity use and 19.7% and carbon emissions respectively.

Currently, there are approximately 5,000 existing public lights owned by Council and our goal is to change these to energy efficient lamps by 2020. So far from 2010-2015 we’ve retrofitted 1,476 + public lights that are a total energy and carbon emissions reduction of 1,546,980 kWh’s and 959 tonnesof CO2-e.

In everyday speak that’s equivalent to taking 234 cars off the road - something we’re very proud of achieving.

Smart Street Lighting Trial 

STREETLIGHTS in the centre of Adelaide have been fitted with smart technology.

The Smart LED lighting pilot conducted in 2016 provided an opportunity to trial new and innovative smart technologies to enable more convenient and greater efficiencies in on-demand smart lighting and energy conservation. 

Sixty Smart LED lights have been installed across different locations in Pirie Street and Hindmarsh Square.

Find out more

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