Reducing the carbon footprint of Tasmania’s cities

A significant component of the energy and carbon footprint of our cities stems from commercial buildings.

To date, three states – Victoria, NSW and South Australia – have taken steps to tackle this problem through a innovative type of financing called Environmental Upgrade Finance (EUF) schemes.

Can Tasmania do the same? Why hasn’t it? Will it? When?

Hobart CBD
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How Tasmania can lead the world….

Climate Tasmania has developed the presentation below to guide decision makers and members of the public in understanding how Tasmania’s climate legislation could become world leading.


Please click on image to open presentation.

The presentation is in PDF form, is self explanatory and can be viewed in 15 minutes. We welcome opportunities to present our ideas to MPs and organisations who wish to learn more.

Please feel free to contact us.

Media release:

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Hobart Public Meeting – Sept 25

The decoration at top and bottom of poster represents the barcode of climate change for Australia – from 1910 to 2017 (left to right).
Dark Blue = coolest year.  Dark Red = warmest year.

Please download poster HERE and share it with your networks

How Tasmania Can Lead the World

The purpose of this public meeting is to show that Tasmania can lead the world in climate change action. Click on this post for a slide show preview on what we have been proposing to enable this leadership to take place. 

Drafting Instructions

Further to this, we have created  a set of drafting instructions to inform the Tasmanian parliament what needs to be done in terms of creating a formidable Climate Act and other tandem measures that would put this ambition in train. We are putting this forward in a spirit of open engagement – inviting MPs and the public to have their own say.

The Drafting Instructions can be downloaded here.



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Launceston Public Meeting: Sept 16

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The Global Climate Emergency in 5 charts

The five charts below have been compiled by members of Climate Tasmania in an effort to distil the climate change challenge in an easy-to-digest form.

(* Just click on images to see them enlarged.)

Global emissions growth since 1850

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Beefing up Tasmania’s climate legislation

This Summer’s weather and bushfire calamities along with the marine heatwave that is debilitating marine habitats and affecting our commercial fisheries have brought to the fore once again Tasmania’s acute vulnerability to climate change and the need for our state to be rapidly adopting best practice responses to the threat of climate disruption.

Climate Tasmania has had a longstanding concern that the ten year old legislation that underpins Tasmania’s response to climate change – The State Actions Act 2008 – is hugely deficient.

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Can Tasmania provide leadership on climate change?

Political turmoil in Canberra in recent weeks has once again thrown the spotlight on Australia’s response to the Paris COP Agreement – where individual nations have agreed to take leadership in order to help restrain global emissions.

Tasmania’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

The Coalition’s internal schism over climate policy and Canberra’s subsequent withdrawal from renewable energy targets and other important components of national climate policy have resulted in a refocus on where state and local governments can pick up the pieces.

These rather tumultuous events have coincided with an impending review of Tasmania’s main climate Act – the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008, due to be debated in parliament in coming weeks.

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Geo-engineering forum at UTAS

Geoengineering technologies are proposals to counteract climate change by removing CO2 from the atmosphere, or by reflecting sunlight away from the earth. This forum brings together scientists, philosophers, international lawyers and members of civil society to discuss the potential role of geoengineering in international climate change policy, and key ethical, legal and governance issues.

This event is hosted by the Australian Forum for Climate Intervention Governance in the Faculty of Law.

For more information plus how to register CLICK HERE>

General backgrounders can be viewed here. Nature Magazine. Climate One

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Don’t try to fix traffic congestion

Speakers at Climate Tasmania’s well attended July 5 transport forum warned that trying to fix traffic congestion by catering for more cars is a costly and never ending, futile exercise.

Dr Eliot Fishman (Institute for Sensible Transport) and Professor Jason Byrd (UTAS Professor of Human Geography and Planning) focussed on transport presenting an expansive matrix of solutions – taking into account multiple related issues of urban design, human health and equity, climate change and economy.

The forum can be viewed below in its entirety. Dr Fishman’s presentations starts here. Professor Byrd’s presentation starts here. The Q & A sessions starts here. Peter Boyer’s summing up is here. (The speakers’ presentations are embedded in the video.)

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Transport Forum – July 5

Many factors mesh together to create liveable, vibrant, sustainable cities and regions.
We need to get beyond simplistic engineering solutions to today’s traffic problems.

Here’s an opportunity to think • community health • social equity • climate change • technology and • people’s livelihoods…. all these being integral to a future transport matrix that serves the whole community. It’s ours to imagine and work for.

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