Adelaide is one step closer to becoming the world’s first Carbon Neutral City as the finalists of South Australia’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur’s Prize are revealed.

Entries ranged from an environmentally-friendly courier system to online energy monitoring of buildings to using organic waste materials in bio-diesel compatible vehicles.

The 10 finalists were selected from a pool of 150 local, national and international entries hailing from countries as far as South Africa, Greece, the UK, Kenya, Taiwan, Malaysia, Colombia and France.

The prize is the first initiative of the Adelaide to Zero Carbon Challenge and called on entrepreneurs to develop proposals that reduce Adelaide’s carbon footprint in the areas of energy and transport.

“Transport is one of the hardest sectors to reduce emission intensity – it always has been – because private vehicle ownership is so affordable and our cities have been designed around it,” said MyCarpool finalist Michael McCann.

“The support of state government in driving demand for solutions is vital - even in the broad brush statement of saying ‘we are looking for low carbon solutions’ - that immediately attunes the market to the fact that there is policy backing to change the way we do things around here,” he said.

The selection panel was chaired by John O’Brien, member of the Premier’s Climate Change Council and Managing Director of Australian CleanTech and included representatives from the research and corporate sectors.

Each finalist will receive $10,000 to progress their proposal before the winners are announced in October.

Interstate and overseas finalists are required to partner with a South Australian organisation to deliver their project and the winners will share in a further $150,000 in seed funding.

The general public have the chance to select their own finalist by voting online at

Low Carbon Entrepreneur’s Prize Finalists




BISTEG LLC and Arizona State University

Develop solar thermoelectric technology to shade buildings and generate energy to power them



A drone mailbox delivery system


Clement Vehicles

Develop a range of light-weight zero-emission transport options

South Australia


An EcoCart which delivers small goods within the Adelaide City Council area

South Australia


Large-scale power generation created using innovative carbon-neutral fuels



A ‘leaning car’ which is as efficient as a bike and safe and comfortable like a car


A secure carpool web app to reduce traffic

South Australia

Peats Soil and Garden Supplies

Third generation biodiesel technology made from liquid organic waste materials that can be used in any bio-diesel compatible vehicle

South Australia


A toolkit that helps deliver Carbon Neutral Heritage Buildings

South Australia

Switch Automation

An online energy monitoring system for buildings

New South Wales/US