Carbon Reduction at the Local Level

By Jon Kellett and Cathryn Hamilton.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The prospect of high level carbon reduction target setting by national and state governments poses serious questions about local target setting and the mechanisms which can be employed to achieve reductions. Key aspects include the adequacy of current methods of baseline energy assessment and the level of information available to assess renewable energy resources at the local level. This paper uses a study of Playford Council in South Australia to illustrate problems with current data resources and identifies future data requirements. It presents a methodology which can be used to assess both baseline demand and renewable energy resources at the level of a local council area. The discussion includes a critique of alternative approaches and highlights the need for local resource plans to provide a platform for effective action

Keywords: Carbon Reduction Targets, Energy Baselines, Renewable Resource Assessment, Energy Efficiency

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.115-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.199MB).

Prof. Jon Kellett

Head of Urban & Regional Planning, School of Natural & Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Jon has a long standing interest in the relationship of energy issues to urban & regional planning. He is currently chief investigator on an Australian Research Council funded project looking at the transition of local communities to carbon neutrality. He has published widely on energy, natural resource and planning related themes both in Europe and Australia.

Dr Cathryn Hamilton

Postgraduate Student, School of Natural & Built Environments, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

In 2007, after working for 20 years in environmental management, Cathryn Hamilton commenced a PhD at the University of South Australia, focusing on local government initiatives to support carbon neutral households. This is funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage project. Cathryn has published and presented papers at two international solar energy conferences in Australia during 2008.

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