Climate change has strategic implications for Hydro Tasmania. We see ourselves as part of the solution because we generate renewable energy. Changes to the climate also present risks and opportunities to our operations as rainfall and temperature patterns change.
We have been working with CSIRO on the Tasmania Sustainable Yields Project and ACE-CRC on Climate Futures for Tasmania to understand what will happen to water inflows in the future. This research tells us that we should expect to see fewer very wet years in the near future. We are using this information in our hydrological models to manage risks to long-term storage yields and environmental impacts.
Climate change framework
Through our renewable energy generation, retail and consulting expertise, Hydro Tasmania plays a positive role in understanding and managing the opportunities and risks associated with a changing climate.
Hydro Tasmania's Climate Change Framework (PDF) summarises how our business intends to manage and adapt to risks and opportunities associated with climate change through to 2014.
Hydro Tasmania will deliver on the Climate Change Framework to ensure we are part of the sustainable solution to climate change.
Our carbon footprint
CO2 is the main greenhouse gas emitted from our activities. It comes from three main sources:
- diesel-powered generation at King and Flinders Islands' power stations
- fleet vehicles
- electricity consumption in buildings and facilities, including offices and pump stations.
We are working to reduce energy use and emissions, both voluntarily and through legislative requirements such as the Energy Efficiency Opportunities and National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER).
For further details about our emissions profile and reduction activities refer to our most recent Annual and Sustainability Report.