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Energy & Climate

Cleaner energy for a safer climate

It is Tasmania’s climate that makes its environment unique. 

With the coolest oceans in Australia and some of the last remaining temperate rainforests in the Southern Hemisphere, Tasmania is home to species that can't be found anywhere else in the world. Many of these species are highly adapted to their temperate island home and are sensitive to change. If these species are unable to adapt or tolerate changing conditions they could be lost forever. 

The Tasmanian way of life is put at risk by climate change with the state enduring significant bushfires, marine heatwaves, flooding and prolonged drying in recent years. Taking urgent action on climate change is vital to protect communities and nature from the dangers of extreme climate events, now and into the future.

Reducing carbon emissions is central to tackling climate change and supporting a healthy environment. Tasmania has made progress in reducing its emissions with heavy investment in renewable energy assets. Unlike in other states, Tasmania can run on 100% renewable electricity and isn’t required to transition from coal and gas electricity generation.

Tasmania could now play an important role in helping Australia decarbonise but Tasmanians can’t be expected to do this blindly. Poor consultation, inappropriate siting of infrastructure and misinformation has led many Tasmanians to distrust the expansion of renewable energy. Too often the simple question of ‘why’ and ‘where’ remain unanswered. 

Whilst looking outwards, Tasmania also needs to address its internal energy issues.

Although Tasmania is able to achieve 100% renewable electricity generation, it still relies heavily on fossil fuels.

  • Over 10% of the total electricity Tasmania consumed in 2021-22 was imported from the mainland where fossil fuels still dominate electricity production.
  • Electricity accounted for only 42% of total energy use in Tasmania, with the majority coming from fossil fuels
  • Over a billion dollars was spent on fossil fuels imports into Tasmania for road transport in 2021-22.

What are we doing?

To help steer Tasmania away from the current climate and biodiversity crisis we need effective energy policies, grounded in science and supported by community groups. We can’t allow large-scale renewable energy infrastructure to dominate the conversation and must also advocate for small-scale renewables and improved energy efficiency. 

Tasmanians need to be protected from the associated costs of decarbonising the mainland. Further electrification of the state is necessary and needs to be a primary consideration during decision-making on energy exports.

We are striving to untangle and simplify Tasmania’s energy policies. We are also working to reduce conflict and find commonalities between non-industry groups, with an interest in renewables, working in the fields of energy, conservation and community wellbeing. 

For more information on our campaign and its key areas please contact James - [email protected]