SA plans to make Adelaide ‘world’s very first carbon neutral city’

Posted November 29, 2015 16:14:56

Protestors march at a climate change rally in Adelaide. Photo: People march at a climate change rally in Adelaide, as the Premier sets a target for the city to be carbon neutral by 2050. (ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)

Adelaide will be a carbon neutral city by 2050 if a South Australian Government technique to tackle climate modify is successful.

Premier Jay Weatherill released the State Government’s vision for the “the world’s first carbon neutral city” as up to 6,000 marched in Adelaide as part of world-wide rallies for action on climate change ahead of international talks in Paris.

The reported predicted temperatures will rise by up to 1.5 degrees Celsius and rainfall would decrease by up to 12 per cent in parts of the state by 2050, like in the Mid-North and Yorke Peninsula area.

Rainfall was anticipated to lower by ten per cent across the Murray-Darling Basin.

We want South Australia to be the just transition capital of the planet, making certain a fair and equitable transition to a low carbon economy.

SA Premier Jay Weatherill

“We have currently begun the transition to a low carbon economy and have demonstrated that it is attainable to decouple economic development from emissions,” Mr Weatherill said in the report’s introduction.

“Among 1990 and 2012/2013 we lowered our emissions by 9 per cent whilst growing the economy by over 60 per cent.

“We have the ability to generate virtually all of our power from clean and renewable sources and export this power to the rest of Australia.”

The report said the Government would accomplish its target by playing a “critical role in supporting the neighborhood and industry in the transition to a low carbon economy”.

“The Government also has a responsibility to provide policy certainty for company and sector, establish constant and effective regulatory frameworks, and, as climate modify leader, to collaborate with other sub-national governments to facilitate international action,” it mentioned.

The report said nearby governments would be at the “front line”, and would create local policy and “operational options”.

It stated the private sector would “drive innovation and development clean tech options” if it was supported by the proper “fiscal policies and regulatory settings”.

Mr Weatherill said the alter from traditional to low carbon industries would be felt by those workers and communities who relied upon them.

“We require to support the community and workers by way of this alter,” he stated.

“We want South Australia to be the just transition capital of the planet, making certain a fair and equitable transition to a low carbon economy.”

The report foreshadowed an increase in bushfires, heatwaves and floods in SA, with altering rainfall patterns and higher evaporation prices expected to challenge the state’s water supplies.

Topics: climate-adjust, community-organisations, environmental-health, federal—state-issues, state-parliament, adelaide-5000, sa

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