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.

Our Climate Change Response Plan 2022-27(PDF, 2MB) sets out 79 actions, providing clear strategic direction to inform council’s role in helping the city mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. 

We're aware that we all need to do everything we can to reduce emissions, build our resilience and get climate ready. That's why we've set a target to reduce our corporate emissions by 80 per cent .  Our Towards Zero Corporate Emissions Roadmap(PDF, 9MB) sets out 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, 4MB)

On 30 January 2023, the City of Onkaparinga declared a climate emergency. The declaration builds on council’s commitment to tackling climate change, recognising that urgent action needs to be taken. Council also resolved to aim for net zero corporate carbon emissions by 2040, building on our existing commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2030.