A to Z - Adelaide To Zero - Our Carbon-Neutral Challenge

Finalists have now been announced for South Australia’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize.
The global search for solutions has begun.

The problem

Climate change is having a huge impact across the globe. We need the best entrepreneurial ideas to reduce our carbon footprint, create sustainable industries and a greener economy. But we can't do it without you.

The task

The global search for solutions has begun. We’re looking for entrepreneurs to come up with world's best solutions, ideas and technologies to help Adelaide reduce its carbon emissions and become the world's first carbon neutral city.

The prize

With a total prize pool of AUD$260,000 on offer, South Australia’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize is seeding great low carbon ideas for Adelaide. Congratulations to Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize winners Enecon and EcoCaddy!

Key Dates

Wednesday 16 March

Entries open

South Australia's Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize launches. This is the submissions phase. We’re looking for entrepreneurial solutions from around the world to reduce our carbon footprint.

Tuesday 31 May, 5:00 pm

Entries close

This is the last opportunity to submit your project. Please note that this is Australian Central Standard Time, so ensure you know when the deadline closes in your part of the world.

June 2016

Submissions reviewed for eligibility

An expert judging panel will review submissions for eligibility.

June 2016

Finalists announced

The 10 finalists will be announced.

Thursday 30 June

Voting for the wildcard prize opens

All ideas will have the opportunity to obtain the wildcard prize and enter the finalist pool.

June - September 2016

Incubation period

Ideas will be provided with the support required to make their idea a reality.

Monday 18 July

Voting for the wildcard prize closes

One applicant will be selected as the 11th finalist.

25 August 2016

Wildcard finalists announced

Zero Carbon APartments was selected by the community as the 11th Wildcard Finalist.

17 – 21 October 2016

Finalist Design Week

Finalists will come together in Adelaide for a series of activities and events as part of Open State.

18 October 2016


A free demonstration event will be open to the public to meet with the finalists and learn about their projects.

21 October 2016

Winners announced

The best solutions will be awarded as winners of South Australia's Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize.


To reach Adelaide’s carbon neutral target, we’re focusing on the following areas. Choose one of the below categories and find out how your idea could help reduce emissions in that area.

Start a Conversation

Collaborate and explore ideas here. Start a conversation and get feedback on an idea, or help others further explore ideas of their own.

Inspiring Creativity and Green Cities

A project to inspire behavioural change for sustainability - going beyond carbon neutrality.

Ideas a plenty

There are a bunch of great ideas on the OpenIDEO challenge that looked at renewable energy recently: https://challenges.openideo.com/challen...

Electronic cars industry

With the demand for electrical cars ramping up (http://www.sciencealert.com/the-netherlands-is-making-moves-to-ban-all-non-electric-vehicles...

After Hours Public Transport

Would having after hours transport OUT of the city make you more likely to leave your car at home on a night out?