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S.A to lead the way with first Carbon Neutral Business Precinct

The Grote Business Precinct, which consists of approximately 400 businesses in the Grote Street area, is undertaking the Carbon Neutral Communities program to measure its carbon footprint, become energy efficient and reduce emissions. Businesses in the area, including CMI Toyota, Eynesbury College, Guide Dogs SA and Ethnic Broadcasters, have agreed to the charter, announced last night by Adelaide Lord Mayor, The Right Honourable Stephen Yarwood.


Grote Business Precinct President Mr Bill Marles says, “The time for talk is over. It’s time to take positive action. The Grote Business Precinct together with Carbon Neutral Communities are measuring up, and are determined to become carbon neutral by 2020.Whilst the Government is in the process of introducing a carbon tax, the real opportunity for small business and the general public will come through self empowerment and knowing how to reduce their own energy usage. This can only be achieved by a grass roots education process and that is why we have designed the Carbon Neutral Communities program. Once people realise they can make significant cost savings and benefit the environment at the same time, they will be motivated to take action.”

About Carbon Neutral Communities

The International Energy Agency has stated that ‘energy efficiency could deliver 65 per cent of all the global greenhouse gas abatement needed to reach a target of 450 parts per million of CO2’¹.


The Carbon Neutral Communities program has 4 main steps: -

  • Measure – to an IS0 14064 standard
  • Educate- workshops and seminars covering a range energy efficient subjects
  • Sharing experiences – working together as a community
  • Encouragement - reducing energy bills, saving money, achieving a goal


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