A SECOND Basslink cable is a focus of Liberal efforts to combat climate change but Tasmanian voters face a near 40-year wait to measure success.
Opposition Environment spokesman Matthew Groom said yesterday the Liberals recognised the importance of practical measures to reduce carbon emissions in response to climate change.
``But we will ensure any action we take doesn't cost jobs or lead to higher costs of living,'' he said.
Mr Groom, along with newly-installed federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, were yesterday asked what climate change action they would take, and when.
This follows criticism on Saturday by Climate Change Minister Cassie O'Connor of the state and federal Liberals after release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.
Mr Groom said the most practical move for the state was to deliver more renewable energy into the national electricity grid.
A second Basslink cable would be needed for that, but he could not say when it would happen.
He also said the Opposition was committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Tasmania to at least 60 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050 (as set out in the Tasmanian Climate Change Act) but would not commit to an interim target, meaning a 37 year wait to measure success.
When asked what else a Liberal government would do if elected in March, he said policies would be released before the election.
He also said Liberals would update and improve existing plans to reduce the carbon footprint of government departments and not engage in ``spin and fancy websites''.
Mr Hunt said the Coalition believed the science and agreed to the bipartisan target of 5 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020.
He said the carbon tax would be scraped and a plan introduced by July 1 to increase vegetation, clean up power stations, capture landfill gas and improve energy efficiency.