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A new Climate Change Strategy for South Australia was released by Premier Jay Weatherill and Minister for Climate Change Ian Hunter on 29 November 2015.

South Australia’s Climate Change Strategy 2015-2050 – Towards a low carbon economy, sets a framework for significantly reducing emissions in South Australia while maximising economic opportunities.

At the centre of the strategy is a bold and ambitious target for the state to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. This new target responds to the findings of the SA Low Carbon Economy Experts Panel, which was appointed by the Government to provide independent advice about climate change targets and objectives for the State to 2050. The new strategy builds on South Australia’s achievements in renewable energy and climate change adaptation and the leadership that has been demonstrated by industry, the community and government to date. The Strategy also responds to advice of the Premier’s Climate Change Council in South Australia’s climate change vision: Pathways to 2050.

The commitment to make the City of Adelaide the world’s first carbon neutral city sits within the broad framework of the strategy. We are also ensuring the resilience of our State by partnering with regional leaders to deliver regional climate change adaptation plans under our adaptation framework.

How can I get involved?

The SA Government invited feedback on a series of climate change consultation papers to help inform the development of the new Climate Change Strategy and the Carbon Neutral Adelaide initiative. The consultation closed on 18 October 2015. Find out more.

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For more information, contact the Climate Change Team in the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) by email: 

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