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I am pleased to report on the latest greenhouse gas accounts for Tasmania. The State’s emissions have declined by 95 per cent from 1990 levels. This means that, for the third year in a row, Tasmania has exceeded its legislated emissions reduction target of 60 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.
The Tasmanian Government has recently released Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-21. The plan focuses on delivering practical action in areas where the greatest benefits can be achieved and risks managed in a measured way that will enable Tasmania to play its part in meeting the global climate challenge.
Underpinning the plan is a commitment to establish a long-term target to achieve zero net emissions for Tasmania by 2050. This target aligns with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below two degrees above pre-industrial levels. The Government has committed $3 million to support the delivery of the plan, which represents the biggest investment in supporting action on climate change by any Tasmanian Government.
Climate Action 21 has 37 actions based around six priority areas. Key actions include: delivery of the Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme; maximising our renewable energy generation to improve security and reliability for both Tasmania and the National Electricity Market; supporting the rollout of a statewide electric vehicle charging network in partnership with TasNetworks, local government and businesses; and a home energy savings program to support low income households to identify and implement energy efficiency measures.
Tasmania’s path to zero net emissions will support the State’s economy, improve our productivity and provide opportunities for growth. By working together with industry, business and the community, we can leverage our status as a very low greenhouse gas emitter, seize our natural and historic advantages, and make our State climate ready.
This report on the latest greenhouse gas accounts reflects Tasmania’s competitive strengths in renewable energy, natural assets and action on climate change issues.
Minister for Environment and Parks