Tasmania has become the first jurisdiction in Australia to achieve zero net emissions.
The state generates almost 100 per cent of its electricity needs from renewable sources, including pumped hydro, every year.
State Minister for the Environment Elise Archer said emissions data released for 2015-16 confirmed reported emissions had declined by 100 per cent from 1989-90 levels, down to -0.01 mega-tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
“This meets our target to have zero net emissions by 2050 more than 30 years ahead of schedule, confirming our status as a national leader in the ongoing response to climate change,” Ms Archer said.
“This is fantastic news that will further enhance Tasmania’s national reputation for clean energy and complements our goal to make Tasmania renewable energy self-sufficient by 2022.
“Reducing emissions and bringing online more renewable energy will not only reinforce Tasmania’s energy security, it will also create jobs and help deliver more clean energy into the national market.”
Ms Archer said the news justified the state’s Climate Change Action Plan, which outlines Tasmania’s agenda to keep emissions down and take action on climate change through to 2021.
The Tasmanian Climate Change Office (TCCO) prepared a report that provides a breakdown of the state’s emissions from individual sectors and an assessment of the state’s performance against key performance indicators.