Project Background

The climate is changing, and the science is clearer than ever on the ways that human activities are negatively impacting the world around us. Last year the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its latest five-year report on the physical impacts of climate change. You can see a summary video by clicking here.

The City of Adelaide has committed to playing our part in the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, whilst fostering economic prosperity, liveability, and wellbeing, particularly within the context of our recovery from COVID. For us, this predominantly means more energy efficient buildings generating and using renewable electricity, a shift to low emission transport, and reducing waste to landfill.

Our path to date

  • In 2015, the City of Adelaide adopted an aspirational target to be a carbon neutral city by 2025.
  • The City of Adelaide and the SA Government partnered on the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan that ran from 2016 to 2021 and included 104 actions to progress carbon neutrality for the city.
  • The City of Adelaide's community greenhouse gas emissions fell by 21% from FY2007 to FY2020 - with a shift to renewable electricity sources playing a major part. This is despite a 41% increase in population and a 45% increase in GDP over the same time period.

Key outcomes from the last five years of action can be found in our one-page Recent Climate Achievements by clicking here.

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