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The Tasmanian Greens today welcomed the move by Climate Change Minister Nick McKim MP to seek advice on setting a new State emission reduction target of 25 per cent by 2020, saying that these interim measures will provide increased effect to transitioning Tasmania to a low carbon State.

Greens Climate Change spokesperson Paul ‘Basil’ O’Halloran MP said that this was exactly the sort of leadership needed if climate change is to be tackled in a serious and effectual manner so that Tasmania does not continue to emit unnecessary carbon emissions into the atmosphere, contributing to Australia’s overall carbon output.

“A reduction in Tasmania’s carbon emission targets by 25 per cent by 2020 would be an excellent outcome for Tasmania as we move to transition the Tasmanian economy to a low-carbon reliance which will maintain our competitiveness in national markets when the Federal Government moves to a carbon tax,” Mr O’Halloran said.

“Today we have seen great leadership in dealing proactively and seriously with the issues of climate change by Greens Minister Nick McKim, which directly deals with, what was once described by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, as the greatest moral dilemma of our time.”

“Tasmania is beautifully placed to take advantage of the opportunities when a price is placed on carbon through having most of its energy produced from renewable sources, and I call on Labor to take advantage of the carbon stored in our carbon dense forests, up to 2000 tonnes per hectare, and consider this potential value before consigning these forests to industrial scale mining.”

“I also wish to congratulate the appointment of Mr Paul Gilding to the Tasmanian Climate Action Council, and look forward to the positive contributions Mr Gilding will provide given his experience as the former Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia and Greenpeace International,” Mr O’Halloran said.