Newly appointed Premier Peter Gutwein has become Tasmania's first Liberal minister for climate change and wants the island to take a national lead on the issue.
Mr Gutwein, who this week ascended to the top job after Will Hodgman's resignation, revealed on Friday he would create and take on the portfolio.
"We need to accept that the weather patterns we are seeing are less predictable, more volatile," he said when announcing a cabinet reshuffle.
"It important as a state that we continue with our very strong work."
Powered predominantly by pumped hydro and wind turbines, Tasmania is aiming be self-sufficient in renewable energy by 2022.
"In terms of the nation looking at Tasmania, I hope that they do acknowledge we are world-leading in terms of emissions," Mr Gutwein said.
"I think we do have a leadership role to play in terms of our position on this matter."
Mr Gutwein flagged climate change action as a "key priority" of his government and said he would closely examine fuel reduction and mechanical clearing practises.
Tasmania previously had a minister for climate change under the Labor-Greens minority government, prior to the Liberal's election in 2014.
The Wilderness Society said the creation of the portfolio was a "good step" but more needed to be done to protect areas at risk of logging.
The Liberals were forced into a ministerial reshuffle after Mr Hodgman last week stepped down as premier for family reasons following six years in the role.
Mr Gutwein will remain as state treasurer, while upper house member Jane Howlett has been promoted to minister for sport and recreation and racing.
Senior minister Michael Ferguson, who was an initial challenger to Mr Gutwein, has taken on the finance portfolio.
Australian Associated Press