Cassy O’Connor

The Tasmanian Government has released its climate change strategy, “Climate Smart Tasmania”, which aims to achieve at 100% renewable usage by 2020. The strategy also sets a target to reduce carbon emissions to 35% below 1990 levels by 2020.

The Climate Smart Tasmania plan includes energy reduction targets across government, land use, infrastructure, transport and waste systems.

The Climate Change Minister, Cassy O’Connor, said that the strategy is the most comprehensive plan by any Australian Government to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to a changing climate. “We now have in Australia a climate denialist Government that is taking us backwards on climate change” she said. “Tasmania here has extraordinary advantages with our hydro power, with the carbon in our forests and we do need to show leadership; it’s also the economically sensible thing to do.”