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In September 2017 I was honoured to become the Minister for Environment and take on responsibility for implementing Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 (Climate Action 21), which sets the Tasmanian Government’s agenda for action on climate change through to 2021.
I view climate change as a serious and urgent challenge and I am committed to the whole-of-government activities and approach outlined under Climate Action 21. The actions under Climate Action 21 will support business, industry, local government and the community to reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
I am proud of the achievements the Tasmanian community has made to date in responding to climate change. Of particular significance since the release of Climate Action 21 was confirmation in February 2018 that Tasmania achieved zero net emissions in 2015-16.
This is a notable achievement, as Tasmania is the first jurisdiction in Australia to achieve zero net emissions. This positive result encourages Tasmania to further its ongoing abatement efforts and to increase production of renewable energy as we work towards our goal to make Tasmania renewable energy self-sufficient by 2022.
Tasmania has significant advantages in responding to climate change, including our world class climate science capability located in Hobart and our low carbon economy, with over 40 per cent of our land mass held in reserves and operating as a carbon sink.
The Tasmanian Government is committed to harnessing the opportunities and responding to the risks that climate change presents, as we continue to take practical action to build climate neutral, and climate resilient communities.
We will continue to collaborate and work with our stakeholders as we implement the important actions under Climate Action 21, in recognition that all Tasmanians have a role to play in responding to climate change.
ELISE ARCHER MP
Minister for Environment