Discussion Paper For Review Of Climate Change Act Open Until 22 July 2016

Discussion Paper For Review Of Climate Change Act Open Until 22 July 2016

Tasmania Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom

Review Of Climate Change Act

Victor P Taffa

The Tasmanian Government has commissioned an independent review of the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008 and is today releasing a discussion paper to encourage community engagement in the review, Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom said.

The Act guides the Tasmanian Government’s response to climate change mitigation and adaptation. It also sets Tasmania’s 2050 emissions reduction target of 60 % below 1990 levels by 31 December 2050.

“To inform the independent review of the Act, we are seeking input from the Tasmanian community.” Mr. Groom said.

“Given the extraordinary weather events experienced in Tasmania over recent months this is an appropriate opportunity to reflect on the legislative framework guiding Tasmania’s response to the serious issue of climate change.”

 

The discussion paper is being launched today and will be open for public consultation until 22 July 2016.

In accordance with the Act, the independent review will consider:

  • The extent to which the Objects of the Act are being achieved;
  • The extent to which additional legislative measures, if any, are considered necessary.

In addition I have also asked that the review consider broader matters such as:

  • A statutory requirement for the Tasmanian Government to prepare regular climate change action plans;
  • The appropriateness of the target contained within the Act, given that it has already been met;
  • How the Act could assist Tasmanian Government agencies to incorporate climate change considerations into strategic decision making and risk planning.

Furthermore the discussion paper sets out the context the Act operates within, including changes in international, national and sub-national climate change policy.

It asks readers to consider, amongst other things, the key climate change challenges for Tasmania and how the Act can assist to address those challenges.

The independent review of the Act is being undertaken by Jacobs Australia Pty Ltd.

“The Government remains committed to real and practical action in response to the serious issue of climate change.” Mr. Groom said.

In addition to a review of the Act the Government is currently considering public feedback on the draft Climate Change Action Plan and will be releasing the final Plan before the end of September this year.

“We have also recently announced other climate change related initiatives this year including the Tony Press study into Bushfire risk, the Energy Security Taskforce consideration of climate change impacts on rainfall patterns and the new Tasmanian Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme.” Mr. Groom said.