Amending the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008


Appendix 1

Current objects of the Act

  1. To help Tasmania respond to the challenges of climate change by addressing issues associated with that phenomenon and, in particular, by providing for the setting of a target for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the State as part of the national and international response to climate change.
  2. To promote a commitment to action on climate change issues in Tasmania by providing for the development of:    
    1. interim State targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the State; and
    2. suitable targets and interim targets, having the same aim, for specific sectors of the State's economy.
  3. To help Tasmania take advantage of the new social, economic and environmental opportunities that climate change will present.
  4. To provide for reporting and Parliamentary oversight of progress being made towards achieving the State's 2050 target and other targets.
  5. To promote energy efficiency and conservation.
  6. To promote research and development in the development and use of technology for reducing or limiting greenhouse gas emissions or for dealing with, and adapting to, the expected consequences of climate change, including technology for removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
  7. To promote and facilitate business and community consultation and early action on climate change issues.
  8. To identify, promote and support measures to help Tasmania deal with, and adapt to, the expected consequences of climate change.
  9. To promote a Tasmanian response to climate change issues that is as far as practicable consistent with national and international schemes addressing those issues, including any schemes for emissions trading and emissions reporting.
  10. To enhance Tasmania's willingness and capacity to contribute and respond, constructively and expeditiously, to national and international developments in climate change issues.

Proposed objects of the Act

  1. To set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the State;
  2. To monitor, evaluate and report on progress made in relation to the target;
  3. To respond and adapt to the impacts and projected impacts of climate change; and
  4. To complement national and international climate change initiatives.