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ACT launches plan for zero emissions fleet

Light vehicles the focus but plan dovetails with heavier-vehicles policy

 

The ACT government has released an action plan to guide transition to zero emission vehicle fleet.

Transport minister Meegan Fitzharris and climate change and sustainability minister Shane Rattenbury made the announcement for the Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan 2018-2021.

“By 2020 the ACT will be powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity meaning our biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions – at over 60 per cent – will come from transport,” Fitzharris says.

“We’re undertaking a trial of two battery electric buses and a hybrid bus running on diesel, we have an e-bike fleet for ACT public servants to use and we’re facilitating installation of charging points across the city.”

Plan commits to a range of measures, including:

  • transitioning the ACT government fleet to zero emission vehicles (at least 50 per cent of all newly leased ACT Government fleet passenger vehicles will be zero emissions vehicles by 2019-20 and all newly leased ACT Government passenger vehicles will be zero emission vehicles from 2020-21 (where fit for purpose)
  • requiring all new multi-unit and mixed use developments to instal vehicle charging infrastructure
  • permitting zero emissions vehicles to drive in transit lanes until 2023 (to begin later in 2018)
  • working with local and state governments to facilitate the installation of charging stations on major routes to and from Canberra including routes to Sydney and coastal areas
  • investigating incentives to encourage the use of electric bikes in place of cars.

Though the initiative is primarily aimed at light vehicles, in order to achieve carbon neutrality in ACT Government operations by 2020, through the 2014 Carbon Neutral Government Framework,  the ACT government has included requirements for heavy vehicles in its fleet such as buses, emergency services vehicles and trucks to shift to lower intensity fuel types and investigate cost-effective alternate fuels.

 

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