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Green Guide to Government Policy

1. Policy framework

Thu 22 Dec, 2011 Tasmania

1.1 Framework for Action on Climate Change

The Tasmanian Government has identified six priorities for action over the next two years:

1. Work with Tasmania’s biggest emitters to understand the carbon price, and develop partnerships for emission reduction

2. Generate more energy from renewable sources

3. Help low-income Tasmanians and small-business use energy wisely

4. Improve the energy efficiency of our Government buildings and public housing stock

5. Understand the carbon value of Tasmania’s forests, and

6. Consider short term targets for reducing emissions.

Tasmania’s current emissions are at 8.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, and have been trending upwards since 2002. The Tasmanian Government has committed to reverse this trend and reach  its target of a reduction to 4.54 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2050.

As part of the Action Plan to Reduce Emissions, the Tasmanian Government has also committed to achieving 5 Star Green Star benchmarks for all new schools, hospitals and healthcare centres in the state.

The action plan is available for download from the Tasmanian Climate Change Office Website

1.2 Climate Change Act 2008

The Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 legislates a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for Tasmania of 60 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. It also provides for the setting of interim and sector-based targets by regulation.

The Act establishes the Tasmanian Climate Action Council which provides high level, independent advice to the Premier on climate change.

1.3 Tasmanian Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Project - Understanding the Potential for Reducing Tasmania's Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Tasmanian Wedges Report)

An emissions abatement options model for the Tasmanian economy was prepared by McLennan Magasanik Associates (MMA) to identify and quantify greenhouse gas emission reduction opportunities for Tasmania and their costs. The model estimates the financial benefits and costs per tonne of carbon emission reductions for the years up to 2050. The findings from this modelling were documented in the Tasmanian Wedges Report to the Tasmanian Climate Change Office (TCCO) in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

1.4 The Tasmanian Climate Action Council

The Tasmanian Climate Action Council presented its advice to the State Government on priority actions in the report titled Opportunities to Reduce Tasmania's Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The report provides advice on recommended policy actions and initiatives, consistent with Tasmania's legislated emission reduction target.

The Council also produced advice on the setting of interim emissions reduction targets, and completed its Biennial Report to the Minister on Tasmania's progress towards its target to reduce emissions to at least 60% below 1990 levels by 2050.

1.5 New Climate Change Adaptation Unit

A new Climate Change Adaptation Unit has been established within the Tasmanian Climate Change Office (TCCO), to coordinate State Government adaptation activities and support the Tasmanian community as they adapt to changes in climate.

Adaptation priorities include coastal management and planning, agriculture, infrastructure and marine resources and biodiversity. The Adaptation Unit also plays a key role in communicating information from the Climate Futures for Tasmania Project to Tasmanian businesses and communities.

Last updated Wed 5 Oct 2011