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Source: State of Tasmania Government

18 December 2020

Peter Gutwein, Premier & Minister for Climate Change

Tasmania is a leader in climate action and we have achieved our target of net zero emissions by 2050 four years in a row.

Because of our success, and in line with our legislative requirements, the Tasmanian Government has commenced an independent review of the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 (the Act), to ensure our legislation is as robust as possible and to consider a more ambitious net zero emissions target.

Jacobs, a leading engineering and technical consultancy, has been appointed to conduct the Independent Review, while at the same time, central agencies DPAC and Treasury will analyse the opportunities and challenges for industry and jobs of a more ambitious target, to ensure it is evidence-based and informed by both science and economics.

The Review will be carried out in consultation with the Tasmanian community, businesses, industry and the scientific community, and I will have more to say on this early next year.

Funding of $300,000 was provided in the 2020-21 State Budget to progress the review of the Act and our emissions reduction target.
The outcomes of the Review will inform amendments to the Act and the development of Tasmania’s next climate change action plan for post 2021.

The full Terms of Reference for the independent review are available at: www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/climatechange/Climate_Change_Priorities/review_of_the_climate_change_act.

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