AAP today reported that the climate change reduction bill sets three targets, most importantly to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 60% of 1990 levels by the end of 2050.
The bill also wants renewable resources to account for 20% of the electricity both generated and used in SA by 2014.
If passed, the legislation will make SA the first state in the nation to legislate targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
“This is yet another example of South Australia leading the way for the rest of the nation when it comes to climate change,” AAP quoted South Australian Premier Mike Rann as saying.
“The legislation commits the Government to work with business and the community to develop and put in place strategies that will put our state in a position to take early action to reduce greenhouse emissions and adapt to climate change.”
Rann reportedly said the legislation was the culmination of four years of steady work and solid achievement and would put SA in an enviable position to meet its greenhouse targets.