The Adelaide City Council has set a target to reduce carbon emissions from its own operations by 60% by 2012 (from 1994 levels) on the road to achieving carbon neutrality by 2020.
To achieve this target, Adelaide City Council has invested $1.3 million per annum for 3 years in projects, including solar and low-emission energy generation; 50% renewable energy purchase for all facilities; and energy efficient lighting and air-conditioning.
The projects will ensure Council reaches its target and reduces its carbon emissions by at least 22,000 tonnes — that’s the same emissions as 4,900 cars off the road for a year or the average annual emissions of 2,750 households.
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Six ways Council can help you to Go Green
● Get rebates for installing solar systems (City of Adelaide properties only).
● Receive special offers on sustainable energy products and services through the Australian Government’s Adelaide Solar City Project (City of Adelaide properties only).
● Loan a free home energy audit kit from a Council library and learn how much energy you use and tips to save it.
● Catch Tindo, the world’s first solar electric bus.
● Hop on a free City Bike.
● Green your office with CitySwitch.
Visit Be Energy Smart for tips and fact sheets on making your home more energy efficient.
Learn more about Council’s Go Green projects
Channel 9's Out of the Ordinary interviewed Zoe Drechsler, the Council's Sustainability Policy Officer about Council's carbon emission reduction projects, including Tindo and the solar-powered Rundle Lantern. See more below: