Protecting the environment through best practice sustainable environmental management is a focus area for the Department. This includes:
- developing high quality and contemporary policies and strategies for the protection of the environment
- ensuring development proposals meet appropriate environmental guidelines and standards
- regulating environmental impacts of major industrial and municipal activities
- monitoring environmental performance and environmental quality
Environmental regulation is split between State and Local Government. See the
Environment Protection Authority
for details on the regulation of larger industrial activities.
The Department is undertaking some key environmental management initiatives. Current topics include:
Waste Initiatives Progress Report
The Tasmanian Government has committed to ensuring Tasmania continues to grow business and industry opportunities, by addressing priority waste streams, and developing strategic and sustainable pathways forward. The Waste Initiatives Progress Report outlines the status of various waste initiatives in Tasmania.
Key initiatives include the implementation of the waste levy and the Container Refund Scheme, investments in the resource recovery sector, and various initiatives for plastics and organics recycling, litter and dumping, and education. The Progress Report outlines the key actions that the Government is already implementing or has committed additional resourcing to in the 2021-22 Budget.