The Tasmanian Climate Change Office within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, leads the State Government’s mitigation and adaptation strategies in response to climate change under the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008. An independent review was undertaken in 2016, as specified every four years in the legislation, and the Government has responded to key recommendations in the review report.
Climate Action 21, is the Tasmanian Government’s agenda for action on climate change from 2017 through to 2021 setting the following targets:
- A long-term aspirational goal to achieve zero net emissions by 2050 with a proposal to legislate this target under the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008.
- Advance renewable energy capability – increasing hydro-electricity generation by 10% and possibly become a net exporter improving reliability across the NEM.
- A $10 million Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme providing no-interest financing to households and small business to install energy efficient equipment and appliances
- Reduce transport sector emissions – EV Demonstration Project and rollout of EV charging network whilst supporting public transport uptake.
- Commit $3 million in new funding to support the delivery of Climate Action 21 (building on $400 million already invested)