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Reducing City Emissions

The City of Adelaide is internationally recognised for our commitment and contribution to reducing carbon emissions. Between 2007 and 2013, the City of Adelaide’s carbon emissions reduced by 20%. At the same time our residential population grew by 27%, office floor area increased by 16% and economy grew by 28%. Having successfully decoupled economic growth from carbon emissions, we are showing the world what is possible. 

The City of Adelaide, Government of South Australia and our community have a shared aspiration for Adelaide to be the world’s first carbon neutral city.

Specifically we aspire for the City of Adelaide local government area [postcodes: 5000 (Adelaide CBD) & 5006 (North Adelaide)] to be carbon neutral by 2025.

The Carbon Neutral Adelaide Action Plan 2016-2021 outlines our goals and aspirations, current greenhouse gas profile, emissions reduction pathways, strategies, actions and measures of success.

To achieve our goal, as individuals and as a community we need to rapidly reduce our carbon emissions.

Find out more about initiatives that are reducing city emissions: 

Sustainability Incentives Scheme 

To reduce carbon emissions from the City community and conserve energy, water and natural resources, City of Adelaide is providing reimbursements for the installation of water and energy devices for properties within our Council boundaries.

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Solar Savers Adelaide

Solar Savers Adelaide is a program of the City of Adelaide that provides up front funding for the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems on eligible low-income and rental residential properties.

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CitySwitch Green Office

The CitySwitch Green Office program provides a network of support, practical resources, knowledge and recognition to assist your business to successfully implement sustainability initiatives. 

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Building Upgrade Finance

Building Upgrade Finance (formerly referred to as Environmental Upgrade Finance) is a mechanism which helps building owners to access loans to improve the energy, water and environmental efficiency of existing commercial buildings.

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Electric Vehicles

The City of Adelaide has four free electric vehicle charging points (two each at the Grote Street and Central Market UParks) and a recharging point for electric motor bikes in UPark on Light Square. 

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Reusable and Compostable Coffee Cup Trial

The City of Adelaide is partnering with CBD cafes within the pilot area to trial incentive payments with the aim of reducing the amount of waste generated by takeaway coffee cups. 

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