Climate Active city goal achieved

The corporation of the City of Adelaide has been certified carbon neutral through Climate Active.

The City’s 2019/20 business operations were certified as carbon neutral by the Australian Government – delivering on the target established by Council in 2008 to be carbon neutral by 2020.


Lord Mayor, Sandy Verschoor said as a city committed to environmental leadership, the City of Adelaide was playing its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.

“The City of Adelaide…[has joined] a group of over 150 leading organisations in Australia who are carbon neutral – including Telstra, NAB, and Cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

“The Adelaide Festival is now a carbon neutral event, and there is a growing number of local companies following suit.”

City of Adelaide has a long-term 100 percent renewable electricity contract for all operations, saving money while creating regional jobs.
Council has undertaken significant improvements to its buildings’ energy efficiency over the last decade.

Collectively, upgrades in ten buildings saved over $600,000 in the 18/19 financial year, with savings continuing each year.

Large solar arrays have been installed on eight buildings, including several UParks, Adelaide Central Market, the Council Depot and heritage listed Town Hall building.

Council’s first fully electric plug in passenger vehicle was recently purchased – adding to a number of hybrids and electric carts already used by its outdoor teams.

The Climate Active process provides a trusted benchmark, showing an organisation’s committment to transparency and putting in the hard work for genuine emissions reductions.

Future plans for City of Adelaide include a big focus on improved recycling and resource recovery.