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South Australia's Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007 provides renewable energy and emissions reduction targets.

Under the Act, South Australia has a target to ‘reduce by 31 December 2050 greenhouse gas emissions within the State by at least 60% to an amount that is equal to or less than 40% of 1990 levels as part of a national and international response to climate change

South Australia is tracking well to achieve this target and the latest figures released by the Australian Government Department of the Environment reports South Australia’s net greenhouse gas emissions were 29.25 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2012/13.

This means 2012/13 emissions were 9% lower than the 1990 baseline figure (32.31 million tonnes).

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