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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 18.9 mega-tonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) and in 2015-16, Tasmania’s total greenhouse gas emissions were -0.01 Mt CO2-e. This is a decrease in emissions of 100 per cent since 1990, and means that the State has achieved zero net emissions for the first time in 2016. 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.
According to the Australian Government’s State and Territory Greenhouse Gas Inventories 2016 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 workplace. 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 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 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.
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 is targeting small to medium 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.
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 offers funding to review your business energy use and help find ways to reduce it.
The Tasmanian Government, in partnership with Aurora Energy, committed up to $20 million for the Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme (TEELS) which provides no-interest loans for Tasmanian households and businesses to install energy efficient equipment and appliances.
On 30 April 2018 the scheme was extended for another year, with an additional $20 million made available. Home and small business purchases of products up to $10,000 will continue to be eligible for the scheme. You can learn more about the scheme on Aurora Energy's website.
In addition, Aurora Energy’s vulnerable customers can continue to access financial assistance from the Your Energy Support energy efficiency program which is run through the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) Network of Tasmania.
Some of the Tasmanian Climate Change Office projects to help us reduce our emissions are listed below: