Botanic Garden setting for Garnaut report launch

Last week DEW’s Climate Change Unit coordinated the launch of a report by renowned climate economist Professor Ross Garnaut which was commissioned by the state government.

Left to right: Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs, Professor Ross Garnaut, Premier’s Climate Change Council Chair Martin Haese, DEW Chief Executive John Schutz

Professor Garnaut’s report South Australia’s Climate Change Challenge and Opportunity highlights South Australia’s leadership in the clean energy transition and highlights several economic opportunities for our state.

These opportunities range from storing carbon in the land and sea to expanding low emissions manufacturing such as green steel.

To support the launch of Professor Garnaut’s report, DEW hosted a live, COVID-safe event in the Adelaide Botanic Garden, with many public sector leaders attending to listen to speeches from Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs, Professor Ross Garnaut and Premier's Climate Change Council Chair Martin Haese.

Evidence-based information is a core part of the state government’s approach to dealing with climate change, and DEW’s new Climate Change Science and Knowledge Plan was also released at the event. The plan will help ensure South Australians have access to high quality and accessible information on climate related impacts.

DEW’s Climate Change Unit has also been working with other government agencies to develop a new government climate change strategy, due for release this summer, which will set out further practical actions that will help build a strong, climate smart economy, further reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, and support South Australia to adapt to a changing climate.

For more information about Professor Garnaut’s report view a short video filmed at the launch event which includes an interview with Professor Garnaut or go to the climate change section on the DEW website. 

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Left to right: Chief Executive John Schutz, Executive Director Environment, Heritage and Sustainability Cate Hart, Executive Director Strategy, Science and Corporate Services Sandy Carruthers, Director Climate Change, Coasts and Marine Neil McFarlane, Manager Climate Change Policy and Strategy Di Favier