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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.

In 1989-90 Tasmania’s baseline greenhouse gas emissions were 18.2 mega-tonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) and in 2013-14, Tasmania’s total greenhouse gas emissions were 2.3 Mt CO2-e. This is a decrease in emissions of 87 per cent since 1990, and means that the State has achieved its legislated emissions reduction target for the second year in a row. Learn more about Tasmania’s greenhouse gas emissions.

These figures confirm Tasmania’s status as a very low emitter, and mainly reflect changes to the forestry industry over the last decade. While this achievement is significant, there are still opportunities for Tasmanians to further reduce their emissions.

What can you do?

According to the Australian Government’s State and Territory Greenhouse Gas Inventories 2014 the transport sector was responsible for Tasmania’s highest level of greenhouse gas emissions. Even though improved vehicle fuel efficiency has reduced total transport-related emissions in recent years, more can be done. 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 work-place. This can have the additional benefit of reducing costs for home 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 showerheads, 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 to the State’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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

Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme

The Tasmanian Government, in partnership with Aurora Energy, has committed up to $10 million for the Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme. This will provide no interest loans for Tasmanian households and businesses to install energy efficient equipment and appliances. The final design of the Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme will be announced in coming months.

In addition, Aurora Energy’s vulnerable customers can continue to access financial assistance from the Your Energy Support (YES) energy efficiency program which is run through the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) Network.

What is the government doing?

Here are some of the current Tasmanian Climate Change Office projects underway to help us reduce our emissions: