The South Australian Climate Change Strategy was released today and includes measures to embed the net zero emissions goal, in line with advice from an expert panel comprising the leaders of Australia’s Deep Decarbonisation study and taking into account DDPP analysis.
The State Premier Jay Weatherill said being the first to signal the intention to decarbonize the State’s economy to investors will give South Australia a competitive advantage. “South Australia has an opportunity to place itself at the forefront as a leader in transitioning to a low carbon economy”, he said. The Premier co-chairs the States & Regions Alliance and will attend COP21.
The South Australian government embraced the notion of prosperity built on zero-carbon energy. “The Expert Panel’s report is a roadmap for our State to reduce emissions in a way that supports job growth in new and emerging green technologies”, said the Premier in a media release. “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 Expert Panel, including Anna Skarbek and Frank Jotzo, who together led the Australian DDPP, and John Hewson, says: “In making this assessment, the Panel has been guided by the global Deep Decarbonisation Pathways project, which provides nationally grounded analysis on how countries can transition to a very low carbon economy. […] The Australian study was led by ClimateWorks Australia and the Australian National University (ANU), with modelling by CSIRO and the Centre of Policy Studies. The study found that Australia could move to net zero emissions by 2050 while retaining economic prosperity. The four pillars for decarbonisation are energy efficiency, low carbon electricity, electrification and fuel switching and non-energy emission reductions.”
South Australia’s decision is another example of how the DDPP is being successfully used to inform government policies.