[Note: in this document “emissions” by our definition cannot be negative. We use “sequestration” to identify what others might call negative emissions. “Net emissions” denotes emissions minus sequestration.]
Why the Tasmanian government’s recovery plans must deal with both together.
The Tasmanian Government’s covid-19 recovery process (PESRAC) has issued an interim report and is inviting community submissions. Climate Tasmania has been very concerned that PESRAC appears to have sidelined the climate change issue, rather than deal with these two major disruptions in tandem.
Further below is Climate Tasmania’s follow-up letter to the Premier and the state government’s recovery team.
On 13 October 2020, the Tasmanian Government introduced a Bill in state parliament to legislate the previously announced target (the Tasmanian Renewable Energy Target – TRET) whereby Tasmania would set a goal of delivering 200% renewable electricity by 2040.
This paper provides background on this legislation and some of the issues it raises.
Although multiple scholarly articles and media reports have been explaining how covid-19 and the climate crisis are part of the same battle – and therefore must be dealt with in tandem – there’s a risk that these lessons are not being learned by governments.
The Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC) advises the Tasmanian government on strategies and initiatives to support Tasmania’s recovery from the COVID-19 downturn.
Quite a number of government engagement processes are now under way as all three levels of government gradually shift into post-Covid recovery mode.
Climate change policy once again hangs in the balance as our governments, keen to revitalize their economies, develop and implement their recovery strategies. Here are some public consultations that are under way. Time to get pens out!
[Note that deadlines for the above processes are at various stages. Please open the links to find out more. There has also been some confusion about the status of Hobart Council’s Climate Strategy. We are advised that a new draft paper, entitled: ‘Sustainable Hobart Action Plan: Responding to Climate Change’is due to be released in the near future. ]
Most people think of this question through the simple meme – replace fossil fuels with renewables. Problem fixed.
Therein lies a thorny problem. Despite exponential growth of renewable energy during the past three decades global emissions have still been steadily rising – because many bigger factors are at play. We are heading for catastrophic 4.1 degree rise by the end of the century. What changes will make the biggest difference to this?
EN-Roadsis smart simulation program that helps to fill out the total picture. It’s especially a great resource for students.
Click on the graph to get started. (It may take a few moments to load.)
Since 1965 the proportion of world energy consumption contributed by fossil fuels has dropped from 94% to 85%. But since we need to be sharply reducing fossil fuel use rather than increasing it, as at present, this is cold comfort. Our governments need to think way, way beyond just renewable energy.
[There are various other buttons at the top of the page, so feel free to play around with the simulation program.]
Climate Tasmania has previously engaged with the arts community in the interest of climate education. Here is an interesting recent interview with singer songwriter, Missy Higgins on this connection. Enjoy!