It is incredibly important that action is taken to limit the impacts of climate change on our environment, society and economy.
Labor Leader and Shadow Climate Change Minister Rebecca White said Tasmania has a proud reputation as a renewable energy powerhouse but there is more that needs to be done to decarbonise the economy and mitigate the worst impacts of climate change on our environment.
“Tasmania first achieved net zero emissions in 2013 and we have maintained that status for six out of the past seven years,” Ms White said.
“The government’s announcement today to set a target to reach net zero by 2030 is like saying you will set a target to complete your homework, seven years after you have handed it in.
“Tasmanians should be rightly proud that we have achieved such a milestone and it is disingenuous for the Liberal Government to pretend it is a new idea.
“There is no doubt there is still work that needs to be done and the review by Point Advisory that was provided to government indicates that without further action to limit emissions we may not maintain our net zero status.
“The most recent example that demonstrates we cannot take our renewable energy status for granted was uncovered in the recent Estimates Hearing when it was found Tasmania imported energy in the last financial year.
“Our opportunity now is to update the Climate Change Act to set in legislation some clear and measurable targets so that we can show progress so we can sustain our net zero target.”
Rebecca White MP
Shadow Minister for Climate Change