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Climate Change and Energy

Our planet is in a climate emergency and it is up to us in the next 10 years to limit global warming to below two degrees above pre-industrial levels. Global warming puts our health, our economy and our precious places at risk. There is no escaping this reality.

With the electricity and gas industries emitting large amounts of greenhouse gases, de-carbonising this sector is a top priority. South Australia’s abundant wind and solar resources, mean we are ideally suited to lead the nation and the world to a 100% renewable energy future. The Greens' plans will bring on the next wave of technologies to help reduce our reliance on coal and gas fired power.

The rapid and destructive expansion of the unconventional gas industry across much of Australia demonstrates what happens when governments put big mining companies ahead of local communities, the environment and our long term future.

In South Australia, companies want to frack for gas in South East farm land and to use even more dangerous Underground Coal Gasification techniques in the North of the State.

Fortunately, none of these dangerous and polluting technologies is needed to provide secure, reliable and affordable power for South Australia that doesn’t cost the Earth.


The Greens will:

  • Aim for 100% renewable energy by 2025, creating thousands of new jobs;
  • Support new renewable generation capacity in South Australia for both domestic consumption and export;
  • Support new storage projects including batteries, solar thermal and pumped hydro at suitable locations throughout South Australia;
  • Oppose new coal or unconventional gas approvals or expansions in South Australia;
  • Introduce a ban on underground coal gasification (“UCG”);
  • Legislate to protect farmland, conservation land and residential areas from coal and gas extraction;
  • Support the right of landholders including traditional owners to say ‘no’ to coal and gas projects;
  • Investigate the health & climate impacts of unconventional gas;
  • Install solar panels and battery storage on all suitable tenanted public and community housing properties;
  • Support greater uptake of domestic and commercial roof-top solar and battery storage through State renewable energy and storage targets and regulated feed-in tariffs;
  • Remove barriers to entry for domestic and small businesses to feed renewable energy into the grid or participate in peer-to-peer trading of electricity;
  • Enable renters, apartment dwellers and other households with limited capacity to install solar panels to be able to buy into community renewable energy schemes;
  • Investigate the costs and benefits of additional interconnection between SA and other states to support exporting surplus renewable energy to other parts of the NEM;
  • End direct and indirect subsidies to fossil fuel generators, where alternative technologies can achieve the same results in keeping the electricity network stable and secure;
  • Redirect taxpayers’ money away from new gas exploration projects and invest in establishment of renewable energy and storage instead; and
  • Upgrade the out-dated transmission network on Eyre Peninsula which is vulnerable to outages and proving to be a barrier to new generation, especially new wind farms.

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