Climate solutions

Tasmania can make an important contribution toward solving climate change and thrive in the process!

Tasmanian greenhouse gas emissions including future targets proposed for Climate Solutions Tasmania project

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!

Climate Solutions Task Force members

Shane Bartel (Chair) 
Renewable energy consultant and developer
Board Member, Sustainable Living Tasmania 


John Pitt
Former Managing Director, Pitt & Sherry


Richard Bevan
Director Crisp Bros. & Haywards
Former Managing Director, Transend Networks


Jane Hutchinson
CEO, Tasmanian Land Conservancy
Tasmanian Australian of the Year 2016


Professor Ted Lefroy
Director of Centre for Environment, University of Tasmania


Peter Downie
Landowner & Sheep, Cattle and Carbon Farmer


Anna Lyth
Sustainability Consultant, RED Sustainability 


Nathan Males
President, Sustainable Living Tasmania
CEO Myfoodlink


Where do Tasmania's emissions come from?

Check out our awesome interactive visualisations:

  • 2015 (most recently available Australian Government data)
  • 2014 (contains more detailed information on some energy sub-sectors, most notably transport)



What should Tasmania's emissions target be?

Read our discussion piece on Tasmania's emissions target here.

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  • Todd Houstein
    commented 2017-08-25 12:43:21 +1000
    Thanks Hans, I agree. I hope to ramp up our public engagement soon once we’ve made a little more progress.
  • Hans Sipsma
    commented 2017-08-25 09:56:04 +1000
    It’s great what you’re doing and I know its very hard to get the message out there, but I feel you could do a lot more to promote your work and get it in the public sphere.
  • David Grieve
    commented 2016-11-13 15:52:06 +1100
    Enjoyed talking with your staff today at the festival. This is just the start!