SA Zero collaboration to accelerate SA’s Net Zero journey

In partnership with the Government of South Australia and some of the state’s leading businesses we have launched SA ZERO (ZERO CARBON/ ZERO WASTE), a landmark cross-sector private, public and not-for-profit collaboration aimed at accelerating South Australia’s journey to Net Zero Carbon by 2050.

The Committee for Adelaide will lead the initiative with launch partners RAA, Flinders Port Holdings, BHP, University of Adelaide, Australia’s national science agency CSIRO, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Government of South Australia.

SA ZERO members will work with government and academia to develop and implement strategies to help South Australian businesses lower their emissions. It will consider energy efficiency measures, increased use of renewable energy, electrification, zero waste solutions, the rapid transition to a more circular economy, carbon capture and storage, and the adoption of new sustainable technologies.

“South Australia is already a leader in sustainability and decarbonisation, but we know that our State’s pathway to net zero will require close partnerships between government, academia and industry,” said Committee for Adelaide CEO Sam Dighton.

“The SA ZERO initiative brings together the leadership and expertise of some of the State’s most influential companies and creates a really powerful collective that can help other businesses learn and implement meaningful changes while reducing duplication of effort.

“This is an important initiative for the long-term sustainability of South Australia demonstrates the Committee’s commitment to driving the conversation about doing what’s best for the future of our city and State.”

SA ZERO was developed and funded by Green Industries SA and the Department of Trade and Investment and has now been powered by industry and the Committee for Adelaide.
“To transform South Australia to a more circular economy we have to continue to press our first mover advantage,” said Deputy Premier Susan Close.

“We know that to meet our targets for reducing our impact on climate change we must strive not only for net zero carbon but for zero waste as well.

“Renewable energy still leaves us with a shortfall in reducing our carbon footprint, zero waste with a more circular economy to keep valuable resources in circulation for as long as possible is a critical part the pathway to net zero.

“The cluster concept will connect South Australian businesses to share successful skills and strategies for a more sustainable future.”

Quote attributable to Green Industries SA Chief Executive Professor Ian Overton
“South Australia is poised to move towards a zero carbon, zero waste future. SA ZERO puts the building blocks in place to unlock the potential of a circular economy to deliver big wins for the economy and the environment through sustainable, prosperous partnerships.”

Quote attributable to RAA CEO Nick Reade
“Collaboration is the key to achieving the State’s environmental targets. We are excited to be part of the SA ZERO initiative, demonstrate leadership and represent our members and our community.”

Quote attributable to Commonwealth Bank Group Executive Institutional Banking & Markets Andrew Hinchliff
“As a Founding Advisory Member of SA ZERO we look forward to participating in private, public and academia knowledge exchange to drive net-zero emissions outcomes; and working together with key industry members on technology innovations, low carbon products and carbon offset opportunities. The transition to a low carbon economy will require coordinated effort across sectors and collaboration between industry, finance and government. And as Australia’s largest bank, we see participation in SA ZERO as one of the ways we can play a leading role in supporting our country’s transition to a brighter, more sustainable future.”

Quote attributable to Edgar Basto, BHP Chief Operating Officer
“Partnership and collaboration across industry, government and academia will be crucial to achieving net zero ambitions. BHP sees this across its SA and global operations, where we are increasingly using renewable electricity to power our assets and working with global manufacturers to develop electric trucks, trains and light vehicles. With its world-class natural resources and talented people, South Australia is well placed to be a leader in the global energy transition and build an economy for the future through investment in technology, innovation, jobs and local businesses across multiple sectors. SA ZERO will help bring us together through shared ambition and practical collaboration, and we look forward to being a part of it.”

Quote attributable to Flinders Port Holdings Group Executive Governance and Sustainability Adam Cooper
“Flinders Port Holdings is excited to be working in collaboration with the Committee for Adelaide to launch SA ZERO. We look forward to working in partnership with Industry on important issues facing us as we look to reach our goal of net zero at an accelerated pace.”

Quote attributable to CSIRO Towards Net Zero Mission Lead Dr Michael Battaglia
“The transition to net zero is urgent and requires new patterns of collaboration to enable Australia to prosper in a low carbon world. Together, SA ZERO can lead a coordinated effort with member organisations creating opportunities for South Australia that not only reduce emissions but deliver new economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Quote attributable to University of Adelaide Pro Vice-Chancellor (Energy Futures) Professor Michael Goodsite
“The University of Adelaide’s vision is to develop and accelerate solutions that deliver sustainability, equity and prosperity for the planet and its people, underpinned by breakthrough research. As a partner in SA ZERO our experts will share their world-class knowledge to support industry, government, and communities to transition to a more sustainable future.”

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