The Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007
made South Australia the first Australian state to legislate targets to reduce greenhouse emissions.
The legislation sets out three targets:
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the state by at least 60% to an amount that is equal to or less than 40% of 1990 levels by 31 December 2050 as part of a national and international response to climate change
- increase the proportion of renewable electricity generated so it comprises at least 20% of electricity generated in the state by 31 December 2014
- increase the proportion of renewable electricity consumed so that it comprises at least 20% of electricity consumed in the state by 31 December 2014.
The legislation also commits the state government to work with business and the community to develop and put in place strategies to reduce greenhouse emissions and adapt to climate change. Resulting initiatives include climate change sector agreements and the draft Climate Change Adaptation Framework for South Australia.
Sustainability and Climate Change