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Topics > Climate Change

Government action on climate change

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change are important focuses for the Government of South Australia.

In May 2022, South Australia declared a climate emergency. A number of important initiatives are being delivered to support this declaration and strengthen South Australia’s climate change response. This includes:

  • Hydrogen Jobs Plan – This project will deliver one of the world’s largest hydrogen production and energy generation facilities, helping to unlock the development of $20 billion in renewable energy projects and opening the door to emissions reduction opportunities in industry and heavy transport.
  • Electric Vehicles – The Government has committed to repealing the road user charge for electric vehicles while keeping existing incentives in place, to encourage more South Australians to purchase electric vehicles and lower the state’s emissions from road transport.
  • Updating the Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007 to legislate new emissions targets and strengthen climate change action.
  • Developing an Urban Greening Strategy to recognise the important role urban greening plays in reducing the impacts of extreme heat.
  • Undertaking an implementation review of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Act 2016 and the Planning and Design Code to explore opportunities to deliver greater tree canopy coverage, green open space and for the code to be sensitive to biodiversity and future water needs.
  • Introducing a new state biodiversity act to protect biodiversity for the long-term and facilitate more climate adaptation-oriented approaches to conservation.

These new initiatives complement a broad range of existing action being undertaken by the government. Find out more: