The Tasmanian Government has recently announced it will conduct a review into its current target of net zero emissions by 2050, as well as increasing its renewable energy targets.

Tasmanian Premier, Peter Gutwein, announced in a statement that central agencies, DPAC and Treasury have been requested to conduct a detailed analysis of the pathway the state would need to take and the challenges and opportunities available in achieving net zero emissions before 2050. The process will be informed by science, economics, and the views of our businesses and community.

The detailed analysis and targeted consultation will occur over the next six months and will be used to responsibly and sensibly inform amendments to the Climate Change (State Action) Act and Tasmania’s new Action Plan for 2021 onwards.

Mr Gutwein said in a statement, “The fact is, Tasmania has enormous opportunities in renewable energy, to grow our economy, attract industries and investment, create jobs and also support Australia’s transition to renewable clean and reliable base load energy supply. 

“Importantly, we are already on track to meet our target of being 100 per cent in renewable energy by 2022.

“That is why, we have announced a new renewable energy target of 200 per cent of our current needs by 2040, to double our renewable generation.”

This target will be detailed in a new Renewable Energy Action Plan, to be released in April that is aimed to set Tasmania on the pathway of becoming the renewable energy powerhouse of Australia.

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