A zero net emissions result by Tasmania for the fifth year in a row is being celebrated by the state government.
In the latest greenhouse emissions data, Tasmania emitted negative 1.68 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents – 108.6% lower than the 1990 baseline.
Climate Change Minister and Premier Peter Gutwein calls it a fantastic achievement as the state continues to record the lowest carbon emissions in Australia, and some of the lowest in the world.
"This global and significant achievement highlights our enviable renewable energy profile, our forest landscapes, and our unique opportunity to lead Australia’s transition to a low-emissions economy, attract more investment and create more local jobs.
This is backed by the Government’s world leading commitments to generate 200 per cent of our electricity needs from renewables by 2040, and commercially export clean hydrogen by 2030.
Importantly the emissions intensity of our economy continues trending downwards, even as we continue to grow our economy and jobs.
Given our strong emissions performance, it is important we continue this momentum, which is why we took to the election a climate change policy to secure our future.
As part of our policy and given our achievements so far, this year the Government intends to strengthen our climate change legislation, develop a new climate change action plan and investigate setting a more ambitious target."