Climate change is a serious and urgent challenge facing communities, businesses and governments around the world. In the year since the release of Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 (Climate Action 21) the Tasmanian Government has taken action to reduce emissions, prepare for and respond to the impacts of a changing climate and support the transition to a low carbon economy. Our commitment to Climate Action 21 is reaffirmed in the Tasmanian Government’s Building your Future: First Year Agenda.
The Climate Action 21 Report Card 2018 is a snapshot of progress against the actions being implemented to address climate change during the first year, 2017-18. It provides an overview of progress being made across each of the six priority areas. Since the release of Climate Action 21, the latest emissions data show Tasmania achieved zero net emissions in 2015-16. This is a notable achievement, as Tasmania is the first jurisdiction in Australia to achieve zero net emissions.
I am proud of our achievements in the first year of Climate Action 21, including:
- the ChargeSmart grant program supporting electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Tasmanian workplaces;
- 48 businesses completing continuity planning to prepare for and respond to extreme events;
- 12 statewide workshops for financial counsellors to better assist vulnerable clients in managing their energy use and power bills; and
- supporting 17 councils to consider climate-related risks in decision making.
The Tasmanian Government is committed to making steady progress to implementing the actions under Climate Action 21 to realise the opportunities and respond to the risks that climate change presents. This Report Card will help to keep the community informed about how our State is performing now and the plans for the future.
The Hon Elise Archer MP
Minister for Environment