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Reducing emissions

Under the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008, Tasmania has a legislated target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 60 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. The Government has also committed to zero net emissions by 2050.

Learn more about Tasmania’s greenhouse gas emissions.

What is the government doing?

Climate Action 21: Tasmania's Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 is our plan to reduce emissions and respond to a changing climate. Some of the Tasmanian Climate Change Office projects to help us reduce our emissions are:

What can you do?

The transport sector is a key source of greenhouse gas emissions. Even though improved vehicle fuel efficiency has reduced total transport-related emissions in recent years, there is more we can do. Taking alternative transport options to driving, such as walking, cycling or public transport, especially for short trips, will reduce emissions further. It’s also important to consider the fuel efficiency and engine size when purchasing a new or used vehicle.

Another way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions is by improving energy efficiency around the home or workplace. This can have the additional benefit of reducing costs for householders and business owners through lower electricity bills. Simple things such as turning off lights when not in use, drying clothes on a clothes-line rather than using an electric dryer, installing water efficient shower heads, dropping the heating thermostat by a degree or two in winter, and using LED light-globes, will all save energy.

Installing energy efficient equipment such as heat pumps and solar and gas instantaneous hot water units, as well as ceiling insulation, draught sealing around doors, and double glazing for windows, will make further energy savings for households and businesses, as well as reducing the State’s greenhouse gas emissions.

More information about reducing energy can be found in the ’What you can do’ section of our website.

Business Resource Efficiency Program

Doing more with less

In business terms, focusing on resource efficiency means optimising processes to limit consumption of materials, and reduce waste products. Benefits can be measured in cost savings and reduced impact on the environment. Businesses can build resilience and increase competitiveness, in preparation for potential future changes in resource availability and customer requirements.

The Business Resource Efficiency Program worked with small to medium-sized Tasmanian businesses (less than 200 full time equivalent employees) to participate in a facilitated action learning program.

Learn more about the Business Resource Efficiency Program.

Power$mart Businesses

Energy costs make up a significant proportion of the operating costs of Tasmanian businesses. Improved energy efficiency can help lower power bills, protect against future energy price rises, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Tasmanian Government’s Power$mart Businesses program offered funding to conduct energy audits that reviewed business energy use and helped find ways to reduce it.

Learn more about Power$mart Businesses.

Power$mart Homes

The Power$mart Homes program helped low income Tasmanian households stay warm, save money, and reduce emissions. Read more about Power$mart Homes.

Energy Support Programs

Aurora Energy’s vulnerable customers can access financial assistance from the Your Energy Support (YES) program, which provides support for hardship customers to stay connected. The YES program provides energy saving tips and tools, budgeting advice and tailored, flexible and affordable payment plans for immediate and longer-term relief.

The No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) Network of Tasmania, which is supported by the Tasmanian Government and Good Shepherd Microfinance, provides no interest loans for essential household items.