Climate Action 21 Report Card 2019
Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 (Climate Action 21) and the Climate Action 21 Implementation Plan were released in 2017.
Climate Action 21 sets the Tasmanian Government’s agenda for action on climate change through to 2021.The Climate Action 21 Implementation Plan commits to releasing a Report Card each year. The first Report Card, for 2017-18, was released in 2018.
The Report Card contains information on progress against the actions contained in Climate Action 21. The key achievements for 2018-19 are:
- Power$mart Businesses program - providing support to Tasmanian businesses to better understand and reduce their energy use;
- Electric Vehicle ChargeSmart Grants Program - awarding over half a million dollars in grant funding to support the installation of a statewide public electric vehicle charging network;
- Climate Change and Health Roundtable - bringing together local, national and international experts to help build resilience to the health challenges of a changing climate;
- Coastal Hazards Management for Existing Settlements and Values project - identifying key issues for existing settlements and values, including holding four information gathering workshops across the State;
- Power$mart Homes - commencing planning a program to help low income Tasmanian households stay warm, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing energy efficiency information, undertaking energy efficiency audits and low cost upgrades;
- Business Resource Efficiency Program - conducting waste audits for participating businesses to help them reduce waste and operating costs, and drive productivity gains;
- Smarter Fleets Program - assisting Tasmanian Government, local government and heavy vehicle fleets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and costs, including preparing for electric vehicle uptake;
- Tasmanian Climate Symposium - bringing together over 60 key decision makers in government and industry, and Tasmanian researchers to network, to share learnings and to work collaboratively to translate climate research into better policy and practice;
- Climate change research - undertaking research to understand the likelihood of a range of extreme weather events and natural hazards overlapping, and to identify options to manage these risks; and
- Climate Resilient Councils program - supporting councils to understand and manage climate-related risks likely to affect their operations and service delivery.
Climate Action 21 Report Card 2018
The key achievements for 2017-18 were:
- worked with 17 councils to consider climate-related risks in decision making;
- providing ChargeSmart grant funding of $50,000 to support electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces;
- participation by 14 Tasmanian vehicle fleets in Smarter Fleets to improve efficiency and generate savings;
- 48 businesses completing continuity planning to prepare for and respond to extreme events;
- holding eight business resource efficiency seminars across Tasmania in May and June 2018;
- underktaking 12 statewide workshops for financial counsellors to better assist vulnerable clients in managing their energy use and power bills;
- initiating a $100,000 research project to investigate coincident extreme events; and
- an additional 339 hectares of land now irrigated with effluent under the Fert$mart program, in conjunction with DairyTas.