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In June 2019 I was proud to become the Minister for the Environment, Parks and Heritage.
The Tasmanian Government recognises that climate change is a serious issue and is committed to taking practical action. Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 (Climate Action 21) sets the Tasmanian Government’s agenda for action on climate change.
Tasmania holds a unique position in Australia. We have the lowest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the country, and our latest greenhouse gas emissions inventory shows that for the sixth year in a row we have met our legislated emissions reduction target. The State’s greenhouse gas emissions have declined by 95 per cent from 1990 levels. Tasmania can capitalise on this achievement as we work towards our commitment to zero net emissions.
Tasmania is also among the leaders globally, with the State’s emissions at 1.7 tonnes of CO2-e per person being well below the global average of nearly 5 tonnes.
Under Climate Action 21, the Government has committed $3.25 million towards taking practical action to reduce emissions across a range of sectors, and strengthen our transition to a lower carbon economy. A significant amount of work has already been delivered since the release of Climate Action 21 in 2017.
In that time, we have committed over $600,000 towards a statewide electric vehicle charging network; supported the integration of electric vehicles into fleets; helped businesses improve their resource efficiency and reduce waste; delivered a Climate Change Health Roundtable and a Climate Change Symposium; assisted businesses to analyse their energy use and find ways to reduce it; delivered the first phase of the Climate Resilient Councils project; and funded research into compound extreme weather events.
In addition to these achievements, the Tasmanian Government is committed to making Tasmania energy self-sufficient with an additional 1,000 gigawatt hours of on-island renewable energy generation by the end of 2022.
The Tasmanian Government recognises the importance of implementing Climate Action 21 to reduce the State’s emissions and prepare for both the opportunities and risks presented by a changing climate.
PETER GUTWEIN MP
Minister for the Environment, Parks and Heritage