Today, South Australia’s Low Carbon Economy Experts Panel released their report and the recommendation that the state adopts zero net emissions by 2050.
The State Government’s reaction was swift and decisive, and in the lead up to the COP21 Paris Climate Conference, it is a sign of bright things to come.
“As we head towards the Paris Climate Change Conference, South Australia has an opportunity to place itself at the forefront as a leader in transitioning to a low carbon economy,” State Premier Jay Weatherill said.
“One example is the potential for South Australia to be a low carbon electricity powerhouse and a net exporter of renewable energy.”
“The state’s abundant renewable electricity combined with its rich resource base and existing manufacturing expertise mean that the state could be a natural base for energy intensive mining and manufacturing industries in a low carbon world.”
The report’s threefold recommendations are that South Australia:
- SIGNALS the transition to a zero net emissions economy by 2050.
- SUPPORTS the community and industry to transition to a zero net emissions economy.
- IMPLEMENTS the transition by taking action now.
Minister for Climate Change Ian Hunter said the Expert Panel also identified the state’s strengths in education and the potential for these to be applied to developing the skills and workforce for a carbon constrained future.
“This means providing assistance for workers moving from industries in decline into new opportunities is critical as is support for communities affected by rapid change,” Mr Hunter said.
“There are also significant innovative market opportunities for energy storage solutions from the state’s high penetration of solar PV, with the potential to attract and develop technology suppliers and expertise in the state.”
Minister Hunter said the Government would not seek to implement a State based emissions trading scheme – favouring a national scheme.
This adds to the state’s stellar rate of solar PV uptake, alongside the 25% of SA households having already installed solar power on the roof of their home, and the recent announcement of Australia’s largest airport rooftop solar installation to take place at Adelaide Airport.
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Click here to view the South Australian Press Release.
Click here to view the full report from South Australia’s Low Carbon Economy Experts Panel.