Reducing Greenhouse Emissions to mitigate climate change

What is mitigation?

Climate change mitigation is action to reduce sources of greenhouse gases, or to enhance the removal of these gases from the atmosphere. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), global economic and population growth continue to be the most important drivers of increases in greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from fossil fuel combustion. Without additional efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond those in place today, emissions growth is expected to persist.

Find out more about South Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

Initiatives to reduce emissions

Mitigation strategies can be put in place across a range of sectors including transport, building and infrastructure, electricity, agriculture and industry.

National, state and local governments can establish effective polices to assist in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The SA Government has a range of existing policies and programmes that contribute to reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, in areas including energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, transport, waste management, and buildings.

Revegetation to remove emissions

Revegetation for biodiversity enhancement, environmental services, dedicated carbon crops, farm forestry, renewable bioenergy crops and fodder shrubs have the potential to sequester, or remove from the atmosphere, significant amounts of carbon in South Australia.