Carbon Neutral Adelaide

The Government of South Australia and Adelaide City Council have formed a globally unique partnership to establish Adelaide as the world’s first carbon neutral city. The partnership will achieve carbon neutrality whilst driving economic and employment opportunities. Importantly, Adelaide will be transformed into a vibrant, sustainable 21st century city and will become a global test bed for innovative technologies. 

Carbon Neutral Adelaide: A shared vision for the world’s first carbon neutral city, released in November 2015, outlines the following six areas of focus for implementation:

  1. Building partnerships and encourage community action
  2. Investing in energy efficiency and renewables in the city
  3. Transforming the way we travel
  4. Reducing emissions from waste
  5. Investing in large scale renewables across the state
  6. Identifying offset opportunities to reduce emissions and deliver economic return.

The shared vision has been informed by analysis undertaken by Pitt&Sherry. View the Carbon Neutral Adelaide Foundation Report.

The community and businesses have helped to shape this commitment as part of developing a new climate change strategy for South Australia.

The Government of South Australia and Adelaide City Council have signed parallel international agreements on climate change – the Compact of States and Regions and the Compact of Mayors. They have also formally endorsed their mutual aspiration to establish Adelaide as the world’s first carbon neutral city via a Sector Agreement under South Australia’s climate change legislation.

What does carbon neutral mean?

A community, place or activity is “carbon neutral” if it does not effectively release any net greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This may be because it doesn’t create any in the first place, is able to offset what it does emit through other activities, or a combination of the two.

How can I be involved?

In 2016, the partnership will be broadened to city users, residents and businesses to develop an action plan for achieving carbon neutrality and harnessing economic opportunities.

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For more information, contact the Climate Change Team in the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) by email: or Adelaide City Council’s City Sustainability and Park Lands Team by email: