South Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions

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’.

In February 2020, the Government of South Australia announced its aim for South Australian greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced by more than 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. The Government is aiming to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. 

The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy reports South Australia’s net greenhouse gas emissions were 22.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2-e) in 2016/17.  

This is 39% lower than the 1990 baseline figure (36 million tonnes).

Total net emissions are now at their lowest point since the base year of 1990.

Sources of emissions include the following sectors:

  • Energy
  • Industrial processes and product use (IPPU)
  • Agriculture
  • Waste
  • Land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF)

South Australian greenhouse gas emissions percent contribution to total net emissions by sector in 2016-17

Graph showing South Australian greenhouse gas emissions by sector in 2015-16

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