As well as delivering on its target for its business operations to be carbon neutral by 2020, set in 2008, the city council has increased efficiency and reduced costs.
The City of Adelaide’s 2019-20 business operations have been certified as carbon neutral by the Australian Government, delivering on the target set by Council in 2008 to be carbon neutral by 2020.
It was certified by Climate Active, which certifies businesses and organisations in Australia that have proven that they are measuring, reducing and offsetting their emissions, with a net result of zero emissions.
Lord mayor Sandy Verschoor said that as a city committed to environmental leadership, the City of Adelaide is playing its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.
“The City of Adelaide today joins a group of over 150 leading organisations in Australia who are carbon neutral – including Telstra, NAB, and Cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane,” said Verschoor.
“The Adelaide Festival is now a carbon neutral event, and there is a growing number of local companies following suit.
“We began measuring and managing our carbon emissions in 1995 and, in 2008, we set a target to be a carbon neutral corporation by 2020.
“In the process of becoming carbon neutral we have achieved operational efficiencies and reduced costs, that ultimately benefit our community and ratepayers.”
“The City of Adelaide today joins a group of over 150 leading organisations in Australia who are carbon neutral – including Telstra, NAB, and Cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane”
The City of Adelaide has a long-term 100 per cent renewable electricity contract for all operations, that is saving money while creating regional jobs. The council has been undertaking significant improvements to its buildings’ energy efficiency over the last decade.
Collectively, upgrades in 10 buildings saved the city council more than $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 the heritage-listed town hall building.
The 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.
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