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SA's 'Ambitious' Climate Action Plan Released

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There has been a huge investment in Climate Action in South Australia.

The State Government has released the Climate Change Action Plan 2021-2025, which includes 68 actions, across seven focus areas to increase investment and jobs in low emissions and climate resilient business and industry in the coming years.

The Plan includes renewable energy investment, greening cities to cool them, supporting agricultural adaption and innovation, helping business and communities to address climate risk, and preparing for more frequent bushfires and natural hazards.

An additional $18 million has been set aside for the Home Battery Scheme on top of the millions announced in the State Budget.

Over four years, the State Government will spend $28 million to undertake more hazard reduction burns in the Mount Lofty Ranges and in Kangaroo Island as well as on private conservation lands.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the Action Plan has been developed with input and advice from renowned climate change expert Professor Ross Garnaut AC and the Premier’s Climate Change Council.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is committing to a range of actions that will support progress towards our state's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 per cent by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050," Minster Speirs said.

“This Plan will lead us to be a stronger, more resilient export economy – both domestically by exporting power through interconnectors to NSW and Victoria and internationally as exporter of clean hydrogen and other low emissions products.”

Premier’s Climate Change Council Chair Martin Haese said the Climate Change Action Plan 2021-2025 outlines practical actions that government is taking now, as well as critical work to lay the foundation for the next five years.

“This Climate Change Action Plan will accelerate South Australia’s climate change response and help build a climate smart state that is more prosperous, liveable and resilient,” Mr Haese said.

Find out more at environment.sa.gov.au/topics/climate-change/climate-change-action-plan-2021-2025.

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