Adelaide becomes carbon neutral

Climate change is set to have a big impact in South Australia. According to a recent government report, temperatures are predicted to rise by up to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050 and rainfall is also set to increase by up to 12 per cent in parts of the state by the same year, yet decrease by 10 per cent across the Murray-Darling Basin where it is desperately needed.

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Climate change is set to have a big impact in South Australia. According to a recent government report, temperatures are predicted to rise by up to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050 and rainfall is also set to increase by up to 12 per cent in parts of the state by the same year, yet decrease by 10 per cent across the Murray-Darling Basin where it is desperately needed.

Given these fairly dismal predictions, Adelaide City Council was determined to make a change. So, in April 2015, Adelaide became the first place in Australia – and one of the first in the world – where a State Government and capital-city council signed parallel international agreements on climate change and emissions. Their Carbon Neutral Strategy 2015-2025, details their aspiration for Adelaide to be the world’s first carbon neutral city, and their aim to become carbon neutral by 2020.

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By working together, the Adelaide and South Australian governments are leading positive change.  

Between 2007 and 2013, the City of Adelaide’s carbon emissions reduced by 20%. This was achieved despite the fact that, at the same time, their residential population grew by 27%, their office floor area increased by 16% and their economy grew by 28%. 

To achieve its goal of being carbon neutral, Adelaide City Council is investing in energy-efficient technologies and renewables, relying on more low-emission forms of public transport, promoting the use of electric and hybrid cars in the CBD, improving its waste management, and encouraging more people to cycle and walk. 

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City of Adelaide has already made great progress, and are well on their way to achieving their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020. Some of their most impressive achievements include: 

Increasing renewable energy generation

In the space of just 11 years, South Australia has increased its renewable electricity generation from almost zero to 41% – a sign not just of remarkable progress, but of enormous potential. Having successfully decoupled economic growth from carbon emissions, Adelaide is certainly showing the world what is possible. 

Making renewable energy targets compulsory

In 2015, Adelaide City Council introduced Australia’s first consumer incentive for the installation of battery energy storage systems paired with solar photovoltaics. 

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