South Australia surpasses emissions reduction goal

SA has surpassed its 2050 net zero goal, as fresh greenhouse gas emissions data unveils a 57% reduction in the state’s net emissions from 2005 levels.

South Australia has outperformed its 2050 net zero objective, as evidenced by recent greenhouse gas emissions data indicating a 57% decrease in the state’s net emissions since 2005.

The latest figures from the Australian Government State and Territory Greenhouse Gas Inventory reveal a drop in South Australia’s net emissions from 26,474 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) in 2012-13 to 15,821 kilotonnes in 2021-22. This achievement demonstrates South Australia’s exceeding of its commitment to reducing net emissions by at least 50% by 2030.

In response to this success, the Malinauskas Government is accelerating the state’s renewable energy agenda by advancing the renewable energy target by three years. This initiative aims to achieve 100% renewable electricity generation by 2027. A key driver behind the reduction in emissions has been the increased adoption of renewable energy in South Australia, with renewable sources now accounting for over 70% of the state’s electricity generation.

“South Australia is a global leader in renewable energy and these figures are further proof we are winning the race to reduce carbon,” Minister for Climate, Environment and Water Susan Close said.

“These reductions follow years of hard work by our state to harness the power of wind and solar energy which has had the added benefit of creating jobs and boosting regional economies.

“However, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels, and we will now set an even more ambitious target that will entrench South Australia as a world leader in renewables.”

Other factors include;

  • Enhanced rainfall leading to soil enrichment and carbon conversion, resulting in heightened crop yields and improved grazing pastures in grasslands.
  • Augmented growth in forests, tree canopy, and parklands due to increased precipitation.
  • Alterations in land utilization and agricultural practices, characterized by reduced land clearance, shifts in timber plantation management, and enhanced vegetation post-flooding and bushfire events, notably prevalent in the eastern states.
  • The recent data reflects the Australian Government’s initiative to revise data methodologies and enhance modeling techniques to estimate emissions from states and territories.

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