This week Climate Tasmania is releasing a series of Fact Sheets to help clarify the need for appropriate, well considered climate policies in the state election context.
We are not politically aligned and are not recommending specific policies for the state election on May 1. However climate change has many technical aspects and we therefore feel that it is important for political representatives and voters to be informed of the facts.
Please click on menu items at the head of this page to understand our role as an advisory body.
… for anyone interested in the development of comprehensive climate legislation for Tasmania.
We invite readers to scan the briefing articles below to find out the state of play and the reform initiatives we have been putting forward.
In the absence of such a legislative framework our state’s responses the climate challenge are subject to the vagaries of competing interests in the political sphere and lack essential mandates.
Although there are various parallel state government action plans and strategies in place or being developed, in the absence of a legislated framework there is nothing to tie down consecutive administrations to formidably deal climate change appropriately.
[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.]
For the past five years Climate Tasmania has been fostering the need for comprehensive new climate legislation for Tasmania, to replace the minimalist 2008 Tasmanian Act that now serves little purpose.
To that end we have looked with interest at the impending national Climate Act proposed by independent Zali Steggall.
Below is our submission to the House Standing Committee on Environment and Energy on the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020 and associated legislation.]
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.