The City of Adelaide has joined the race to become the world’s first carbon neutral city.
Being carbon neutral means that a place or activity doesn’t effectively release any net greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, because it doesn’t create any gases in the first place or can offset emissions through other activities.
Adelaide will face competition for the global first – Melbourne, Vancouver and Copenhagen have all set similar targets.
Along with a new strategy to tackle one of the world’s greatest challenges, the South Australian Government has established the SA Low Carbon Economy Experts panel, comprised of leading economic experts, Dr John Hewson, Professor Frank Jotzo and Ms Anna Skarbek.
Climate Change and Environment Minister Ian Hunter said, “One of our major commitments to strong action is to make the City of Adelaide the world’s first carbon neutral city, and we are working in partnership with the Adelaide City Council to make that happen.”
“We are determined to make Adelaide a showcase city for renewables and clean technology, to attract investment and create new jobs.”
Earlier this year, The State Government and Adelaide City Council signed two international agreements to monitor greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.