Tasmania can make an important contribution toward solving climate change and thrive in the process!
The Climate Solutions project is creating plans to achieve exactly that. We're engaging with industry, business, community, and government to develop, promote and implement plans for Tasmania to become carbon neutral by 2035 and a net sink for the remainder of the century, all while thriving in the process. The plans will be practical, evidence-based and non-partisan so that all Tasmanians can get behind them.
Humanity will use our remaining 'carbon budget' within 5 years. We're certain to overshoot, and so we must reduce emissions to zero as quickly as possible and then pull carbon back out of the atmosphere and sequester it back to safe levels.
Tasmania is blessed with:
- Natural advantages of a stable climate, relatively consistent winds and rains, a huge forest estate, and fertile soils;
- A big head start with existing renewable energy infrastructure;
- An innovative agricultural sector;
- A forestry industry that has great potential to become vibrant and sustainable while simultaneously sequestering huge volumes of carbon dioxide; and
- A strong reputation as being ‘clean and green’, which we have the potential to further enhance.
Tasmania has already reduced its emissions by 90% over 1990 levels, so we're most of the way there! By steadily reducing emissions from each sector to zero by 2050, and continuing to regrow forests and transition to a sustainable forestry industry, Tasmania can be carbon neutral by 2035, a net sink for the remainder of the century, and thrive in the process.
4 ways to help us make it happen!
- Provide expert input to the plans - get in touch via our contact page
- Make a tax-deductible donation - While it's a mainly volunteer effort, we do need paid staff to coordinate it
- Become a member - power in numbers!
- Spread the word - follow us and share our posts on Facebook or just talk to people about it the good ol' fashion way ;)
Shane Bartel (Chair)
Renewable energy consultant and developer
Board Member, Sustainable Living Tasmania
Former Managing Director, Pitt & Sherry
Director Crisp Bros. & Haywards
Former Managing Director, Transend Networks
CEO, Tasmanian Land Conservancy
Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2016
Professor Ted Lefroy
Director of Centre for Environment, University of Tasmania
Landowner & Sheep, Cattle and Carbon Farmer
Sustainability Consultant, RED Sustainability
Vice President, Sustainable Living Tasmania
President, Sustainable Living Tasmania
Where do Tasmania's emissions come from?
Click here to check out our awesome interactive visualisation.