Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



1 June 2017

Matthew Groom, Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage

Tasmania to set zero net emissions target

The Hodgman Government is committed to delivering a strong and practical climate change action plan for Tasmania.

The Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-21 is a nation leading plan that will reaffirm Tasmania's position of leadership in responding to this serious issue and leverage off our natural strengths particularly in the area of renewable energy development.

Underpinning the new strategy is a commitment to establish a long-term target to achieve zero net emissions for Tasmania by 2050. This target aligns with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well below two degrees above pre-industrial levels.

In last week’s budget, the Government also announced $3 million to support the delivery of the plan, which represents the biggest investment in supporting action on climate change by any Tasmanian Government.

Climate Action 21 builds on over $450 million already invested by the Tasmanian Government to support action on climate change, including upgrading the State’s existing renewable hydroelectricity assets, further developing irrigation infrastructure, and delivering the Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme.

Through the actions in Climate Action 21, the Tasmanian Government will be supporting business and the broader community to reduce their energy use and boost productivity. This includes an $850,000 home energy saving program for low-income households.

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

A report card on progress against Climate Action 21 will be released by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office each year.

Climate Action 21 is available here - www.climatechange.tas.gov.au



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