Governing carbon mitigation and climate change within local councils: a case study of Adelaide, South Australia

Zeppel, Heather (2012) Governing carbon mitigation and climate change within local councils: a case study of Adelaide, South Australia. Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, 10. pp. 70-85. ISSN 1836-0394

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There is growing concern about climate change impacts on local government areas. In Australia, the federal carbon tax (from 1 July 2012) will also increase costs for local councils. This paper evaluates what carbon mitigation (i.e. energy, water, and waste management) actions have been
implemented by metropolitan Adelaide councils (n=14) and why (or why not). 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. Internal council governance of climate change actions was also evaluated. A climate governance framework based on adaptive
management, communication, and reflective practice (Nursey-Bray 2010) was applied to assess climate mitigation by Adelaide councils.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Publisher: Sydney University of Technology, Centre For Local Government
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Authors retain copyright.
Depositing User: Associate Professor Heather Zeppel
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2012 04:52
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 01:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon mitigation, climate governance, local councils, Adelaide, South Australia
Fields of Research (FoR): 05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050301 Carbon Sequestration Science
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics

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