Directions for a Climate Smart South Australia

South Australian Government Climate Change Policy Directions

The government has released a ‘Directions for a Climate Smart South Australia’ policy statement. You can also view a summary of the policy directions.

The Directions set the government’s agenda for practical, on-ground action to address climate related impacts.

The Directions will guide climate smart planning and action across government to drive low emissions jobs and growth, protect our environment, and support community resilience and wellbeing.

There are a number of other initiatives that will deliver on the policy directions outlined in the statement. Our journey to a Climate Smart South Australia is made up of several important elements including the Hydrogen Action Plan, the Climate Change Science and Knowledge plan, an Electric Vehicle Strategy, State waste strategies and Blue Carbon Strategy.

Practical action to progress the policy directions is already underway across Government. This includes support for wind, solar, hydrogen and battery projects, significant new investment in coastal protection, support for adaptation initiatives and provision of climate science and information.

The Government is also delivering more climate resilient and liveable places through initiatives such as Green Adelaide and the Greener Neighbourhoods program.

In September 2020, the South Australian Government released advice from renowned climate economist Professor Ross Garnaut, in the report ‘South Australia’s Climate Change Challenge and Opportunity’. This report will inform a new cross-agency climate change strategy, due for completion in summer 2020-21. 

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