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Renewables, Climate and Future Industries Tasmania

Climate Change Action Plan

Developing a new action plan

Tasmania’s climate change action plan (Climate Action 21) concluded in June 2021. Development of the next whole-of-government action plan is progressing after consultation in early 2021. The new action plan will build on the themes and actions from Climate Action 21 and initiatives will be developed in consultation with the community. An overview of key achievements from Climate Action 21 are available below.

The Tasmanian Government has committed $10 million over four years to deliver the next climate change action plan.


Consultation was conducted over a series of one-on-one meetings and public online workshops, followed by the release of an Opportunities Paper and public call for written submissions. Thank you to everyone who attended an online workshop or provided a written submission to this consultation process.

You can still access the Opportunities Paper:

Written submissions

We received 41 submissions in response to the Opportunities Paper. Three submissions were submitted confidentially and will not be published.

We have prepared a summary of the consultation feedback on development of the next action plan.

Consultation with young people

CCYP Ambassadors

As part of the consultation process, workshops were held with the Commissioner for Children and Young People (CCYP)  Ambassadors, in Devonport, Launceston, and Hobart, as well as an online workshop.

Tasmanian Youth Climate Leaders

As a proud supporter of the Greening Australia Tasmanian Youth Climate Leaders' Conferences. Our staff attended the conferences to hear their thoughts and ideas about climate change. Watch the Youth Climate Leaders 2021 video.

Climate Action 21 Overview

Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021 (Climate Action 21) and the Climate Action 21 Implementation Plan were released in 2017.

Climate Action 21 set the Tasmanian Government’s agenda for action on climate change through to 2021. The Climate Action 21 Implementation Plan committed to releasing a Report Card each year. Report Cards were released for 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20.

The 2021 Report Card contains information on progress against the actions contained in Climate Action 21. This is the final report card for Climate Action 21 and can be viewed as:

Key achievements

  • Electric Vehicle Working Group
  • Smarter Fleets Program – supported Tasmanian Government, local government and heavy vehicle fleets to improve fleet efficiency and prepare for electric vehicle uptake
  • ChargeSmart Grants Program – investment of over $600,000 to support a statewide electric vehicle destination and fast charging network
  • Transitioning government vehicle fleets to 100 per cent electric vehicles by 2030
  • Community ‘try and drive an EV’ days
  • Business Resource Efficiency Program – supported 11 Tasmanian businesses to reduce waste
  • Power$mart Businesses Program – supported 28 businesses to undertake energy efficiency audits and reduce energy use
  • Forty eight businesses completed continuity planning to prepare for and respond to extreme events
  • Climate change research
    • $750,000 in grant funding for 16 priority climate research projects
    • undertook priority research on compound extreme events
    • updated enterprise suitability mapping for key crops to support agricultural decision making
  • Climate Resilient Councils – supported 17 councils to understand and improve how climate change is considered by their council when making strategic and financial decisions
  • Tasmanian Climate Symposium – held three annual Symposiums in 2018, 2019 and 2020
  • Climate Change and Health Roundtable
  • Coastal Hazards Management for Existing Settlements and Values Project
  • Twelve statewide workshops for financial counsellors to better assist vulnerable clients to manage their energy use and power bills
  • An additional 339 hectares of land now irrigated with effluent under Fert$mart
  • Conducting energy audits of government buildings
  • Provided nearly $200,000 to partner with organisations on local climate change initiatives, including:
    • Curious Climate Tasmania
    • Food and Waste Solution Hub event
    • Tasmanian Youth Climate Leaders Conferences
    • Climate Justice Conference
    • Autonomous electric bus trial
  • Energy efficiency audits of nine aged care facilities and a range of resources developed to support the aged care sector to prepare for, and respond to, extreme heat events.