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By 2021 we will be:
The world has committed to keep the global temperature rise to below 2°C. Meeting this challenge is a shared responsibility that will require action from all Tasmanians.
In 2016, the Tasmanian Government commissioned an independent review of the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 (the Act). This legislative requirement has been taken into account in preparing Climate Action 21.
One of the key areas for consideration is Tasmania’s legislated emissions reduction target. The Act will be amended to establish a legislated target of zero net emissions by 2050. This aspirational long-term target signals the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to action on climate change and is consistent with the Paris Agreement.
Tasmanian homes typically use more energy than those interstate. While there has been a decline in residential energy consumption in recent years, increasing numbers of Tasmanians are now on Aurora Energy’s hardship program, with most being concession customers.6
There are considerable social and liveability benefits in improving household energy efficiency. It not only delivers savings on power bills, but can also improve the comfort, health and wellbeing of residents. For example, draught stopping and insulation makes homes warmer and more comfortable, and can reduce the incidence of respiratory illness.7
By informing Tasmanians about the steps they can take to reduce their emissions, and supporting their efforts, we can create a community approach to dealing with climate change.
What we have done so far:
Reduced our emissions by 95 per cent on 1990 levels, exceeding our legislated target of a 60 per cent reduction by 2050
Continued to provide information to support community action through the TCCO website
Developed resources to help Tasmanians cope during extreme heat events and an alert system to better prepare health and emergency service providers to respond to these events
Continued to engage with schools on waste minimisation and resource efficiency, including online tools and resources for teachers via the Environment Protection Authority website
6.1 Legislate for a target of zero net emissions by 2050
Amend the Act to strengthen the framework for action on climate change, including establishing a new target to achieve zero net emissions by 2050
6.2 Deliver a home energy savings program
Deliver an energy efficiency program for low income households
Provide energy efficiency information, and undertake energy efficiency audits and low cost upgrades
6.3 Support the aged care sector to prepare for, and respond to, extreme heat events
Develop and promote resources to help aged care facilities improve their practices and infrastructure
6.4 Identify additional policies and programs to respond to the potential health impacts of climate change
Deliver policies and programs to build community resilience to population health risks in a changing climate
6.5 Deliver an energy efficiency program for community sector professionals
Deliver an education program for community sector professionals to assist clients to reduce their energy use
Develop tools and resources to support the delivery of the program
What does a zero net emissions target mean for Tasmania?
The Tasmanian Government will legislate for a new emissions reduction target of zero net emissions by 2050. This aspirational, long-term target means that by 2050 Tasmania’s emissions will be balanced out by our carbon sinks.
This target is consistent with the Paris Agreement, which the Australian Government ratified in November 2016.
The Paris Agreement aims to achieve zero net emissions globally in the second half of the century.
Setting a zero net emissions target sends a clear signal of intent to Tasmanian businesses, giving them confidence to invest in low emissions options as we transition to a low-carbon economy.
There are a number of different pathways to meeting this target. The Tasmanian Government is committed to achieving zero net emissions while continuing to grow our economy. We will identify cost-effective and advantageous solutions to achieve zero net emissions by 2050. We will focus on actions that are complementary to national strategies and initiatives.
6 Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator 2016, Energy in Tasmania – Performance Report 2014-15.
7 Howden-Chapman P, Matheson A, Viggers H, Crane J, Cunningham M, Blakely T, et al, 2007. ‘Retrofitting houses with insulation to reduce health inequalities: results of a clustered, randomised trial in a community setting.’ In British Medical Journal 334:460-464.