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Tasmania's Climate Change Action Plan 2017–2021

Climate Action 21 has set the Tasmanian Government’s agenda for action on climate change through to 2021. It reflects the Tasmanian Government's commitment to addressing the critical issue of climate change and articulates how Tasmania will play its role in the global response to climate change.

Developing a new action plan

Tasmania’s current climate change action plan is due to conclude in June 2021. TCCO is developing Tasmania’s next whole-of-government action plan, which will build on the themes and actions from Climate Action 21.

Have your say

These initiatives will be developed in consultation with the community and we’re keen to hear your thoughts. We have published an Opportunities Paper to help you prepare a written submission with your ideas. We encourage you to read the Opportunities Paper before you make a submission. You may also wish to review Climate Action 21.

Make a written submission

Written submissions close on Thursday 29 April 2021.

You can make a submission by writing to us or by completing your submission online.

If you are making a written submission, please include the name and contact details of the person or organisation making the submission. All submissions are welcome and valued.

Publication

Submissions will be published on this website. Your name, or the name of the organisation making the submission, will be made public. Personal contact details will not be published. Please tell us if you don't want your submission published. Defamatory or offensive material will not be published.

Reviewing our climate change legislation

At the same time as we develop the next action plan, we are also reviewing our climate change legislation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, aiming to strengthen the legislation and set a more ambitious target. The independent review is being conducted by consulting firm Jacobs. Learn more about the legislative review and how to make a submission.


Climate change commitments

Tasmania is continuing to lead Australia’s transition to a low-emissions economy, demonstrated by our commitment to generate 200 per cent of our energy needs from renewable energy by 2040, and fast tracking a renewable hydrogen industry in Tasmania.

We are on track to deliver our commitment to make Tasmania net renewable energy self-sufficient by the end of 2022, and have met our target of net zero emissions by 2050 four years in a row.

Climate Action 21

The Tasmanian Government committed $3 million to support the delivery of Climate Action 21. This built on over $400 million already invested by the Tasmanian Government to support action on climate change, including a significant investment in irrigation and infrastructure.

Climate Action 21 was prepared in consultation with local government, industry, non-government organisations, research organisations and the broader Tasmanian community. The Tasmanian Government works with these groups in our efforts to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change in a way that supports our economy and provides opportunities for growth.

Climate Action 21 includes a commitment to establish an aspirational long-term target to achieve net zero emissions for Tasmania by 2050, which aligns with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Our priorities

Climate Action 21 has 37 actions for the following six priority areas:

  1. Understanding Tasmania’s future climate commits to providing up-to-date information on climate change projections and impacts, and tailoring this information to support decision making across key industry sectors.
  2. Advancing our renewable energy capability supports national energy security solutions in the transition to a low carbon generation network and delivers energy efficiency programs with local government, households and businesses.
  3. Reducing our transport emissions promotes the uptake of electric vehicles and other alternative forms of transport, and optimises the use of vehicles to reduce costs and emissions.
  4. Growing a climate-ready economy supports businesses and agricultural producers to reduce their emissions, be prepared for the impacts of climate change, and leverage opportunities.
  5. Building climate resilience enhances our capacity to withstand and recover from extreme weather events, and better understand and manage the risks of a changing climate.
  6. Supporting community action establishes an aspirational emissions reduction target of zero net emissions by 2050, recognises that all Tasmanians have a role to play in tackling climate change, and assists the community to reduce emissions and energy use.

For more information please contact the Tasmanian Climate Change Office on 03 6232 7173 or by email climatechange@dpac.tas.gov.au.