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The Premier’s Climate Change Council was established under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007.

The primary role of the Council is to provide independent advice to the Minister for Climate Change on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.

This role includes providing advice on a number of different areas, including:

  • achieving energy efficiencies
  • increasing the use of renewable energy
  • developing methods to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere
  • establishing and achieving relevant targets
  • considering the impact of climate change on business and the wider community
  • assessing costs associated with reducing or limiting climate change (or failing to take action)
  • commercial or other opportunities associated with climate change
  • the effectiveness of targets under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007.

In addition to providing advice, the Council takes a leadership role in consulting with businesses, the environment and conservation sector, and the wider community about issues associated with climate change.

The inaugural Council was established in February 2008 for a period of three years. The Council is currently in its fourth term, which commenced in July 2017.

Council members can be appointed from a range of sectors, including state and local government, the business community, the environmental and conservation sector, the scientific community, and other sectors of the State’s community more generally.

Council membership

A fourth term of Council members was appointed on 18 July 2017. Current Membership includes:

Mr Bruce Carter (Chair)
Mayor Ann Ferguson
Nicole Halsey
John O’Brien
Jenny Paradiso
Joseph Scales
Andrew Stock
Sandra Verschoor
Craig Wilkins
Cecilia Woolford

For more information on Council members, go here.

Contact the Council

Chair, Premier's Climate Change Council
c/o Water and Climate Change Branch
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001

Accelerating to a 100% Renewable Energy Future

Premier’s Climate Change Council Chair Bruce Carter sat alongside representatives from Google, Ikea and the European Commission DG Renewables on a panel at an event in Paris in December 2015 to discuss how a 100% renewable energy future could be achieved. Watch the video below.

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