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ESA and Volvo Group combine for a sustainable future

Volvo Group will work with the ACT group to design zero emission emergency services heavy vehicles

In an Australian first, the ACT Emergency Service Agency (ESA) is partnering with Volvo Group Australia to co-design and develop net zero emission operational emergency services vehicles, including a range of heavy operational support vehicles.

The contract will allow ESA and Volvo Group Australia to co-design up to seven vehicles that meet operational requirements of an emergency service and the ACT government’s goal of net zero emissions by 2045.

There are currently no low or zero emissions emergency service vehicles available on the market.

This partnership will allow current leading edge zero and low emission technology to be incorporated into the critical design requirements for emergency services vehicles.  

Fulfilling this contract will consolidate ESA’s position as an Australian leader in sustainability when it comes to emergency services.

The ACT is the leading jurisdiction in the transition to sustainable vehicles within their emergency services fleet. This partnership with Volvo Australia forms part of the sustainability initiative incorporated into the almost $13 million of funding provided for the ESA’s vehicle replacement program.

ACT chief minister Andrew Barr says the announcements ensures the ACT plays its part in a more sustainable future.

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“The partnership with Volvo Group Australia will help with the Territory and the nation cut emissions and meet our collective ambition to limit global warming to two degrees or less,” Barr says.

“Canberrans should be proud of our achievements to date, in our endeavours to reduce emissions through a more sustainable vehicle fleet.”

Volvo Group Australia CEO Martin Merrick says: “Agreements like this are vital to help decarbonise our world and I applaud the agency and the ACT government for its commitment to being a part of this journey with us.”

“We are very aware of the trust placed in us to fulfil this role. Every day around the world lives depend on our vehicles, and we look forward to that trust evolving towards an emissions-free environment to improve the lives of many more.”

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