Climate futures: carbon mitigation actions by Adelaide councils

Zeppel, Heather (2013) Climate futures: carbon mitigation actions by Adelaide councils. In: 10th International Urban Planning and Environment Association Symposium: Next City: Planning for a New Energy and Climate Future (UPE 10) , 24-27 July 2012, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

There is growing concern about climate change impacts on local government areas. This includes both climate change adaptation measures, and climate change mitigation through carbon reduction actions. In Australia, the new federal carbon tax, with effect from 1 July 2012, will also increase energy, materials and fuel 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, and waste management) actions have been implemented by local councils and why (or why not). Council governance of climate change mitigation 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 by councils, and cost savings. Crucial issues for climate governance include council policies or plans on carbon mitigation, funding, and staff resources for carbon programs.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2013 01:42
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 23:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; carbon mitigation; governance; local councils; Adelaide; South Australia
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050301 Carbon Sequestration Science
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23136

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