Tas Gov recognised for climate change action

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The Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Tasmanian Climate Change Office has been named as a finalist in the 2018 Banksia Sustainability Awards.

The Tasmanian Climate Change Office coordinates the Tasmanian Government’s response to climate change, including the delivery of Climate Action 21: Tasmania’s Climate Change Action Plan 2017-2021, which was released in 2017.

Its application highlights Tasmania’s achievement of zero net emissions in 2015‑16.

This notable achievement makes Tasmania the first Australian jurisdiction to meet this target.

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The Banksia Foundation recognises the contributions of individuals and organisations across Australia working to achieve and promote sustainability.

In being named as a finalist in the Government category, the Tasmanian Climate Change Office has been recognised for its efforts to build strong, collaborative partnerships with all levels of government, non-government organisations, businesses and the community, in leading projects to address climate change.

The Banksia Sustainability Awards are the longest-running sustainability awards in the world, with the Banksia Foundation celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018.

Marine protection, sharing economies, green buildings, Indigenous employment and climate action feature strongly in this year’s crop of Banksia Sustainability Awards finalists.

The finalists include:

  • An Indigenous enterprise giving unwanted office furniture a new life
  • Beer drinkers raising funds for the protection of the Great Barrier Reef
  • A film sharing the plight of our oceans with a global audience
  • An online platform supporting collaboration on sustainability issues
  • A share shed lending household items to its members.

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Graz van Egmond, Banksia Foundation CEO said entrants were encouraged to outline how they had contributed to one or more of the global goals.

“We’ve received entries covering a broad spectrum of social and environmental topics and it’s wonderful to see how these awards have become a barometer of Australia’s progress on these global goals,” he said.

“By embracing the global goals, we’re hoping to raise awareness of the SDGs and demonstrate how entrants are contributing to global issues.”

The winners of the awards will be announced at a presentation in Melbourne on November 29, 2018.