Inside the Liberal state stepping into a low-emissions future | Australia news

This week a Liberal government set an ambitious 200% renewable energy target for 2040, a goal that foresees the creation of an extensive clean export industry.

It vowed support to kickstart production of “green” hydrogen – a potentially revolutionary fuel touted as a zero emissions fossil fuel replacement – with a plant promised for local use no later than 2024, and an export industry by 2030.And it said it would install fast-charging equipment for electric vehicles at 12 sites this year.

The government also announced a review of what would need to be done to reach net zero emissions before 2050.

The Liberal administration in question was not the Morrison government in Canberra, where the climate policy debate remains focused on the cost of acting above all else, but the Tasmanian state government in Hobart.

Peter Gutwein, a long-time treasurer who became Tasmanian premier in January after the surprise resignation of Will Hodgman, used his first “state of the state” address to set out what, by national standards, were a striking series of commitments that could put the state at the forefront of the shift to an emissions-free world.

Gutwein, who has retained responsibility for treasury and also taken on the climate change portfolio, said it was time for the state to “showcase our innovation to the world and stake our claim as a renewables powerhouse”.

“Tasmania has the opportunity to ensure that the most compelling 21st century competitive advantage that industry and consumers want – renewable energy – underpins our economy,” he said.

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