Climate change

We’re already feeling the impacts of a changing climate with more frequent, long-running and intense heat-waves, extreme fire danger days, intense storms and flooding, to name but a few.  These localised climate impacts present a challenge to our health, natural environments, assets and infrastructure, economy, energy systems, water availability, food security and ability to bounce back after natural disasters.

We're aware that we all need to do everything we can to reduce emissions, build our resilience and get climate ready.  The City of Onkaparinga has declared a climate emergency recognising that urgent action needs to be taken.

Our Climate Change Response Plan 2022-27(PDF, 2MB) (incl additional actions) sets out 99 actions, providing clear evidence-based strategic direction to inform council’s role in helping the city mitigate and adapt to a changing climate.

We've set a target to reduce our corporate emissions by 80 per cent by 2030 and aim to be net zero by 2040.  Our Towards Zero Corporate Emissions Roadmap(PDF, 9MB) and net zero infographic(PDF, 179KB) shows how we will continue to reduce our operating budget by lowering the ongoing costs of fuel and electricity, while increasing the resilience of the organisation as we transition to a low carbon economy. 

Gain an overview of the type of action that Council has taken so far by reading our Climate Change Snapshot.(PDF, 2MB)