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The Low Carbon Economy Unit drives and coordinates cross-portfolio action to maximise economic opportunities and job creation associated with South Australia’s ambition to decarbonise the South Australian economy.

The Low Carbon Economy Unit includes the functions of RenewablesSA and sits within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, working across government to facilitate investment in infrastructure that supports the transition to a low carbon economy.

Areas of focus include:

  • large scale renewable energy generation and storage, such as wind, solar thermal, solar PV, bioenergy, battery, pumped hydro and thermal storage
  • demand-side energy such as rooftop solar, bioenergy, distributed storage, energy efficiency and demand management
  • hydrogen production, use and export
  • uptake of zero emission vehicles and investment in charging and refuelling infrastructure
  • supply chain development of low carbon technologies
  • research and industry partnerships in low carbon technologies.

We contribute towards achieving South Australia’s decarbonisation targets, including:

  • 50% of electricity produced from renewable sources by 2025
  • $10 billion investment in low carbon generation by 2025
  • achieving net zero emissions by 2050
  • establishing Adelaide as the world’s first carbon neutral city.

We work towards these targets by implementing the following key policies:


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