The Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources (DEWNR) is responsible for state-wide policy, the administration of legislation and the delivery of programs regarding helping South Australia prepare for climate change. Reduction targets are established under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act 2007 and a new climate change strategy “South Australia’s Climate Change Strategy 2015-2050 – Towards a low carbon economy”, released in November 2015, sets the framework for significant emissions reductions.
- Achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
- Make the City of Adelaide the world’s first carbon neutral city.
- Ensure Statewide resilience with regional climate change adaptation plans under the adaptation framework.
- Achieve $10 billion in low carbon investment by 2025.
- Generate 50% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025.
- Improve the energy efficiency of government buildings by 30 per cent of 2001 levels by 2020.