Climate change governance by local councils: carbon mitigation by Greater Adelaide councils

Zeppel, Heather (2011) Climate change governance by local councils: carbon mitigation by Greater Adelaide councils. In: 2011 Local Government Researchers Forum: Local Governance in Transition (ACELG 2011), 14-15 dec 2011, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

There is growing concern about climate change impacts on local government areas (ALGA, 2009). The pending carbon tax (from 1 July 2012) will also increase costs for local councils. This paper profiles a research project about climate change mitigation by local councils. It evaluates what mitigation (i.e. energy, water, & waste management) actions have been implemented by local councils and why (or why not). Council governance of climate change actions is also assessed. This paper specifically reports on carbon mitigation actions adopted by Greater Adelaide councils (n=14) in South Australia. A survey of environmental officers profiled carbon mitigation actions, emissions auditing, and motives for emissions reduction by Adelaide councils. The main reasons for adopting carbon actions were a climate change plan, climate leadership, and cost savings. Crucial issues for climate governance include council policies, funding, and staff resources for carbon programs.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit.
Depositing User: Associate Professor Heather Zeppel
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2012 06:52
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon mitigation, climate governance, local government, Adelaide, South Australia
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050301 Carbon Sequestration Science
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20703

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