South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


66. Emissions intensity:

Limit the carbon intensity of total South Australian electricity generation to 0.5 tonnes of CO2/MWh by 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

The carbon intensity of electricity generation is measured as the total amount of carbon dioxide equivalents emitted per unit of electricity sent out from a generator.

In 2014, the carbon intensity of South Australian electricity generation was 0.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents emitted per megawatt hour, a 15% reduction since 2010 (baseline year).  The 2014 result is near the target of 0.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents emitted per megawatt hour.

The 2014 result continues the clear downwards trend of South Australian electricity generation carbon intensity.  This downward trend has been driven by the continuous development of renewable energy projects combined with reduced output from conventional generation sources.

The key measure for this target includes Scope 1 emissions, which are the direct greenhouse gas emissions of electricity generators (such as from burning coal). Scope 2 and 3 emissions are not considered. Scope 2 emissions are indirect greenhouse gas emissions associated with the consumption of purchased electricity. Scope 3 emissions are other indirect greenhouse gas emissions not covered under Scope 2, from sources not owned or directly controlled by the generator but related to the generator’s activities. Scope 3 emissions include upstream emissions released in the process of mining, and abstraction of fuels including fugitive emissions, processing of fuels and delivering fuel to a generator.

Lead Agency

Department of State Development