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Greenhouse Gas Accounts 2011-12


Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Tags: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Climate Emergency, Renewable Energy

Tasmania is a cleaner, more energy efficient economy and is storing more carbon in the landscape than it was in 1990, according to the latest Greenhouse Gas Accounts for 2011-12, Greens’ Climate Change spokesperson, Cassy O’Connor MP, said today.

“With the latest greenhouse accounts showing Tasmania has reduced its emissions by almost 38% below 1990 levels in 2011-12, we have now exceeded the 2020 emissions reduction target of 35% which was set by the Labor-Green Government.”

“With the latest greenhouse accounts showing Tasmania has reduced its emissions by almost 38% below 1990 levels in 2011-12, we have now exceeded the 2020 emissions reduction target of 35% which was set by the Labor-Green Government.”

“This at a time when both the population and the economy have been growing.”

“It is a significant achievement.  We are seeing efforts to reduce emissions happening right across the community, from households minimising waste and curbing power consumption to our major industrials ensuring their operations run cleaner and much more energy efficiently than they were a quarter of a century ago.  At the same time, they have been improving their productivity.”

“A change to the accounting method in recent years ensures we can better understand and account for carbon stored in the landscape through land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF).”

“We are now storing much more carbon in the landscape through changed forestry practices and established plantations sequestering more carbon.” 

“Our fantastic renewable energy resources and increased uptake of household solar are also help to ensure Tasmania remains a leader on climate despite the swing of the political pendulum.”

“Given these outstanding results for 2011-12, it is deeply unfortunate that the Hodgman Government has introduced legislation to axe the independent Tasmanian Climate Action Council and, in the same week, removed the potential monetization of carbon stored in reserved forests under the Tasmanian Forests Agreement Act 2013.”

“These are both backwards steps at a time when Tasmania has been making significant progress on climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, bringing key players together from across the community to deliver the nationally applauded Climate Smart 2020 Strategy last year.”

“It’s also very regrettable that this year’s Tasmanian Greenhouse Gas Accounts did not contain a Minister’s Foreword because Tasmania, like the Federal Government and all the other conservative states, no longer has a Minister for Climate Change,” Ms O’Connor said.