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Growing a climate-ready economy

By 2021 we will be:

  • Working with businesses to reduce emissions intensity and adopt innovative practices; and
  • Supporting businesses to manage climate risks and take advantage of opportunities.

The Australian Government has committed to limiting the nation’s 2030 emissions to between 26 and 28 per cent below 2005 levels. To achieve this target will require concerted effort across all sectors of Australia’s economy.

Tasmania’s greenhouse gas emissions have not changed significantly since 1990, with the exception of the forestry industry. During this time, our economy and population have grown substantially, which demonstrates a decoupling of the historic link between economic activity and emissions growth. The Tasmanian Government supports actions which will continue this trend, without placing additional burdens on the community.

Due to Tasmania’s significant renewable energy resources, we are well placed to capitalise on our low emissions status. Key growth sectors of the Tasmanian economy, such as agriculture and marine resources, have the potential to benefit from changing market preferences through improved access to export markets and increased investment as a result of our low emissions status.

Some key growth sectors of the Tasmanian economy are vulnerable to the projected impacts of a changing climate. Using the Climate Futures for Tasmania analysis, we can provide tailored information to support the agriculture and business sectors minimise their climate risks and make informed decisions.

Tasmania’s temperate maritime climate provides a comparative economic advantage in a changing climate, particularly in industries such as viticulture, aquaculture and dairy farming. Making informed decisions based on our climate science and capitalising early on opportunities will position Tasmania to maximise economic advantages and allow us to support other states and territories that will experience more adverse impacts in a changing climate. Continuing to invest in skills to support workforce development, tailored to the needs of industry sectors and regional communities, will also help us maximise economic advantages and to prepare for a changing climate.

In partnership with the Australian Government, we are investing in excess of $100 million in irrigation infrastructure to progress the delivery of an additional 27,700 megalitres (ML) of reliable water to targeted communities. These projects will be delivered as early as the 2017-18 season, with the last due to come online in time for the 2019-20 season. This builds on the 14 irrigation schemes operated or overseen by Tasmanian Irrigation which deliver over 130,000 ML of irrigation water.

Tasmania’s well-established forestry industry, together with agricultural production, has an opportunity to use residue materials for biomass, including biofuel and bioenergy, which can reduce emissions from the State’s transport and energy sectors. Bioenergy is a mature energy generation technology in Europe and its development in Tasmania provides an opportunity for jobs growth in regional areas as well as reducing the use of fossil fuels.

In addition, the use of locally-sourced wood products can replace the use of more carbon intensive building materials such as concrete and steel to further reduce Tasmania’s emissions. The Tasmanian Government is developing a policy to encourage locally-sourced timber to be used in more Government projects as a result of recent changes to the National Construction Code.

The actions for this priority area focus on:

  • Using Tasmania’s low emissions status to attract investment in key growth sectors;
  • Developing irrigation schemes to promote greater water surety across Tasmania to underpin agricultural productivity in a changing climate;
  • Working with agricultural producers to improve energy efficiency, reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from fertiliser usage and other farming practices, and adapt to a changing climate;
  • Supporting investment in skills to prepare for a changing climate;
  • Assisting small- and medium-sized businesses to improve resource efficiency, reduce waste and operating costs, and minimise the risks from a changing climate; and
  • Developing a coordinated approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the waste management sector.

What we have done so far:

Supported the Fert$mart program, in partnership with DairyTas, to assist farmers to improve the efficiency of fertiliser use to reduce emissions and costs

Continued to support research and development to encourage environmentally sustainable growth in the agricultural sector through a partnership agreement with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture

Delivered the Disaster Planning and Recovery for Tasmanian Businesses project, including resources and workshops to assist businesses to prepare for and respond to extreme events

Integrated climate change projections into enterprise suitability mapping for poppies, wheat, potatoes, wine grapes and barley to inform future investment decisions for Tasmania’s agricultural industries

Adopted an adaptive management approach to managing our marine resources through Fisheries Management Plans and Marine Farming Development Plans that take climate change impacts into account

Rolled out the $1.5 million Water for Profit Program to ensure farmers are equipped with the right skills and information to increase profits and sustainability from their investment in irrigation

Invested $2.8 million in nationally accredited training courses and skillsdevelopment that include consideration of environmental sustainability and climate change

Established the $1.25 million Wood and Fibre Processing Innovation Program to support projects that use forest harvesting and timber processing residues and/or agricultural plant residues to create value-added products in Tasmania

Established the Agribusiness Support Program to help farmers reduce their energy costs

Commenced a three-year project to improve the productivity of Tasmanian vineyards through management measures to address yield, variability and quality variation

Continued to implement a biosecurity risk assessment system and commenced work on a new contemporary biosecurity legislative framework to respond to future biosecurity risks from a changing climate

Implemented a new Ministerial Policy on Water Resource Management During Extreme Dry Conditions, which updated our water management framework to balance the water needs for communities, stock and irrigators during extremely dry conditions

Supported the production of a second edition of the Making cent$ of carbon and emissions on-farm booklet to support agricultural producers to identify practical actions to improve their emissions performance and productivity

Established the Pathways to Profit program to address climate risk management



Lead Agency

Partner Agency

4.1 Attract investment and jobs using our clean energy advantage

Make climate change projections easily available and accessible for investors

Coordinator General


4.2 Work with farmers to reduce fertiliser-related emissions and costs

Deliver the Fert$mart program in  partnership with DairyTas


4.3 Undertake a business resource efficiency program to assist small- and medium-sized businesses to reduce their emissions and costs

Conduct resource efficiency assessments

Prepare resource materials

Identify and rollout resource efficiency strategies, and build skills and capacity



4.4 Work with industry and farmers to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions

Update the online energy self-audit  tool for farmers

Develop and promote guidance materials



4.5. Support the resilience of small- and medium-sized businesses to extreme events by extending the Disaster Planning and Recovery for Tasmanian Businesses project

Deliver resources tailored to specific  industry sectors

Conduct workshops with businesses


State Growth

4.6 Provide information on climate change risks and opportunities to support future decision making for agricultural production

Update the existing Enterprise Suitability Mapping project to incorporate climate change projections



4.7 Reduce emissions from waste

Develop a new waste management strategy for Tasmania which includes a focus on emissions reduction


4.8 Provide water surety for irrigation to underpin agricultural productivity in a changing climate

Deliver the five proposed Tranche II irrigation schemes

Investigate the feasibility for a third tranche of irrigation development to connect, modernise and enhance Tasmania’s irrigation network

Tasmanian Irrigation


4.9 Invest in skills to prepare our industry sectors, regional communities and workforce for a changing climate

Work with industry sectors and regional communities to identify skill needs

Subsidise relevant training

State Growth