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 2017-18 were 9,369 Tonnes C02e.   Our overall emissions have reduced by 38% since 2010-11 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.

An exciting project that occurred during 2018 was the changeover of approximately 12,250 street lights to LED technology. We anticipate that this will deliver annual savings of over $500,000 and 2,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions C02e). The new LED lights use a fraction of the power at only 14 watts.  You may also notice less ‘skyglow’ as LEDs only illuminate the road and footpath in front of them, rather than spilling light to the sky.  This wasted light reduces our ability to see the stars.

The installation cost has been met by SA Power Networks who will recoup the money from council through its annual lighting charges.

For more information view the 2017-18 inventory year accounting summary (860K).

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