How we got here

South Australian Climate Change milestones

South Australian Milestones
International / National Developments

Mandatory Renewable Energy Target commences

2003 - 2005
  • First wind farm constructed at Starfish Hill

  • Energy efficiency program for low-income households

  • Herbert Girardet’s 'Creating a Sustainable Adelaide’ report

  • Tackling Climate Change Summit in South Australia

  • Montreal Declaration signed committing to climate change action and target setting

  • South Australia urges COAG to streamline greenhouse gas and energy reporting

  • The late Stephen Schneider’s ‘Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities’ report released

  • Inaugural Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change appointed

  • ‘Tackling Climate Change – South Australia’s Greenhouse Strategy 2007 - 2020’ launched

  • Climate Change and Greenhouse Emissions Reduction Act enacted

  • ‘Black Balloons’ awareness raising campaign commences

National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act gains assent

  • Inaugural Premier’s Climate Change Council (PCCC) established

  • Solar Feed- in legislation commences

  • Building Innovation Fund begins four year operation

  • New water heater energy efficiency installation standards

  • First Climate Change Sector Agreement established with industry

  • Container deposit levy increased to 10 cents

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper released

Garnaut Climate Change Review final report released

Kyoto Protocol signed by Australia

  • Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme commences

  • Solar panels weighing less than 100 kilograms no longer required to apply for planning or building approval

  • Plastic bag ban in SA begins

  • RenewablesSA established

  • ‘Water for Good’ plan released to diversify water supply

  • New 33% renewable energy generation target by 2020

  • Lochiel Park ‘green village’ officially opened

  • Agreement renewed with Manitoba (Canada) to continue cooperation on climate change

  • Solar panels announced for new and refurbished government buildings

National Strategy on Energy Efficiency released

Renewable Energy Target (RET) expanded to generate at least 20% of national grid electricity by 2020

  • 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide’ launched, providing for a low carbon future

  • Green Hubs – climate change community grants launched in partnership with the Conservation Council of SA

  • SA Renewable Energy payroll tax rebate for large wind and solar projects commences

  • Goyder Institute established, including researching the effects of climate change on water supplies

  • Adopted 6-star energy efficiency rating for new housing in the Building Code of Australia

  • Commenced target bans to landfill, including white goods, vehicles and aggregated organic material

  • New target for the greenhouse gas efficiency of government vehicles established

  • Water efficient taps and showerheads for government projects

  • Introduced state specific energy efficiency requirements for air-conditioners

  • Bowden Village ‘sustainable community’ development approved

  • First regional water demand and supply statement released incorporating climate change impacts

  • First regional Climate Change Sector Agreement established

  • Renewable Energy Plan for South Australia launched

Garnaut Review Update released

  • South Australia achieves its Kyoto emissions reduction commitment target

  • Low Emissions Vehicle Strategy released

  • Climate Change Adaptation Framework, ‘Prospering in a Changing Climate’ launched

  • Works begin on the Sustainable Industries Complex at Tonsley Park redevelopment

  • Statewide Wind Farm Development Plan Amendment approved

  • Major upgrades and electrification to Adelaide Metro rail commences

National Carbon Pricing Mechanism commences

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) commences operation

Productivity Commission releases ‘Barriers to Effective Climate Change Adaptation’ report

Greenhouse & Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act commences

  • First regional Climate Change Adaptation Plan released

  • ‘2013 State of the Environment’ report, featuring a dedicated chapter to climate change

  • National ‘Greenhouse 2013’ conference held in Adelaide

  • South Australia’s Climate Change Adaptation Program wins two national awards

Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) commences operation

Regional Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Program commences

  • PCCC ‘South Australia’s Climate Change Vision: Pathways to 2050’ released

  • South Australia generates 39% of its electricity from wind and solar

  • New 50% renewable energy generation target by 2025 announced

  • South Australia achieves a 27% reduction of waste to landfill since 2002 / 2003

  • South Australia re-elected as Co-chair of The Climate Group – States and Regions Alliance

  • Pastoral Land Management and Conservation (Renewable Energy) Amendment Act 2014 passes Parliament

  • Clean Energy Summit held in Adelaide

National Carbon Pricing Mechanism is repealed

Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) introduce

  • Retailer Energy Efficiency Scheme commences

  • Goyder Institute releases climate change projections for South Australia

  • Building Upgrade Finance legislation tabled in Parliament

  • Released a shared vision with Adelaide City Council to make the City of Adelaide the world’s first carbon neutral city underpinned by a sector agreement

  • Tonsley redevelopment awarded 6 star Green Star - Communities certification by the Green Building Council of Australia

  • Signed International Agreement – Compact of States & Regions

  • South Australia hosts Jurisdictional Meeting attended by Executive Secretary of UNFCCC

  • South Australia’s Climate Change Strategy 2015 – 2050 released, including SA’s Low Carbon Economy Experts Panel Final Report

  • Net zero emissions by 2050 target announced

  • South Australia’s Low Carbon Investment Plan released

  • Signed the Regions Adapt initiative

  • South Australia wins two awards - United Nations Association of Australia 2015 World Environment Day Awards

  • Signed the Under2MOU for action by sub-national governments to limit warming to below 2°C

  • Announced a Carbon Neutral community challenge to spark new ideas to achieve the Carbon Neutral Adelaide vision

Climate Change Authority releases ‘Special Review: Australia’s Future Emissions Reduction Targets’ report

ERF commences with first auction

Australia’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submission

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of Parties in Paris – Universal Agreement on Climate Change

  • Adelaide to Zero Carbon Challenge launched, including Premier's Low Carbon Entrepreneur's prize