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Response to the Review: Recommendation 4

That the Act is amended to include a set of principles to give greater effect to the target and objects of the Act and provide a set of expectations for decision-making on climate change. These principles should give priority to:

  • Abatement in sectors and through initiatives where the greatest emission reductions can be cost-effectively achieved;
  • Opportunities that deliver social and economic benefits from Tasmania’s position as a low carbon economy; and
  • Adaptation in areas with communities at greatest risk from the projected impacts of climate change.

Response: Support

The Independent Review recommends that the Act is amended to include a set of principles to guide decision making on climate change.

The Independent Review found that the inclusion of guiding principles in the Act would provide an appropriate framework for decision makers to consistently consider climate change. It notes that the principles should summarise ‘what matters most’ to ensure resources are allocated appropriately.

The Tasmanian Government supports the development of a set of principles for inclusion in the Act. The themes for the principles suggested by Jacobs align with key Government priorities for action on climate change to ensure policy and initiatives can result in additional benefits such as:

  • lowering costs for households and businesses;
  • realising economic and social opportunities; and
  • building communities that are resilient to climate change impacts.

The Tasmanian Coastal Adaptation Pathways (TCAP) project has been rolled out with 11 Tasmanian communities determined to be at the greatest risk from coastal hazards. Through TCAP, the Tasmanian Government has been able to work with local councils and communities to raise awareness of the projected impacts of climate change and coastal hazards, and begin the conversation about how the associated risks can be mitigated.

The Tasmanian Government has worked in partnership with DairyTas to roll out the Fert$mart program. Through a more targeted approach to the use of nitrogen-based fertilisers, Fert$mart enables farmers to produce more feed from their pastures at less cost, while minimising nutrient losses and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

These are just two examples of initiatives that support the principles proposed in the Independent Review and demonstrate their potential effectiveness. The Tasmanian Government supports this recommendation. Consultation will be undertaken with government agencies to ensure the principles are most effective.