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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
Matthew Groom, Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage

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  1. TV Resident

    June 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I don’t see how by clearfelling our natural native carbon sinks is going to help with the emissions target. I also don’t see how burning the so called rubbish after clearfelling is going to help either or the abuse of our oceans through careless, unregulated fish farming polluting practically half of the oceans surrounding our island. As Macquarie Harbour has already been poisoned by the filth from salmon farms, why should they even be given the opportunity to stuff up the East Coast. Obviously World Heritage Areas mean nothing to them and are in the way of fish farming and the wealth of the business and the bureaucrats who ignore the results.

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