City of Onkaparinga emissions

The City of Onkaparinga generates greenhouse gas emissions from using energy in the buildings that we own such as libraries, community centres, recreation facilities and council offices.

The two main other sources of emissions are street lighting and fuel to run our kerbside waste services. Smaller areas of emissions include the waste from our offices and construction and maintenance activities, and refrigerant gases from air conditioning units.

We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and since 1998 we have been measuring our emissions each year to track our progress.

Our corporate emissions in 2016-17 were 10,589 Tonnes CO2e.   Our overall emissions have reduced by 30% since 2009-10 due to a range of initiatives.   As our population increases, this puts pressure on our emissions, but we can continue to keep working on reducing the carbon intensity of the services that we provide.

One of the most exciting projects occurring at present is the changeover of 16,000 light bulbs across our city to LED’s. The $6million installation cost will be met by SA Power Networks who will recoup the money from council through its annual lighting charges.  Once the LED lights are installed, we expect to see a 2700 tonne reduction in emissions each year. Keep up to date on the progress here.

For information on how we are planning to achieve this view the Green City Strategic Management Plan (1.3Mb).

For more information please contact Jenni McGlennon on (08) 8384 0667 or