Last V8 leaves Queensland Government fleet

By: Greg Worrall


The Queensland Government has farewelled its last V8-powered passenger car, fulfilling a promise made in 2005, when there were 218

The Queensland Government has farewelled its last V8-powered passenger car, fulfilling a promise made in 2005, when there were 218 of the vehicles in the fleet.

Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten says the government's ClimateSmart 2050 policy for the government vehicle fleet had now shifted the primary focus for vehicle selection from the number of cylinders to the greenhouse emissions of the vehicle.

"QFleet will now apply the Commonwealth Government's Green Vehicle Guide greenhouse ratings to compare the environmental performance of vehicles," he says.

"The Greenhouse Rating system converts each carbon dioxide measurement into a simple rating, on a scale of one to ten. The higher the Greenhouse Rating, the lower the greenhouse emissions.

"To set an environmental standard for vehicle selection, a minimum Greenhouse Rating of 5.5 now applies for passenger vehicles offered by QFleet."

Mr Schwarten said the overhaul of the Queensland Government vehicle fleet included increasing the number of diesel, hybrid, micro, light and small vehicles in the passenger fleet would being increased.

"Our goal is to cut emissions for the entire fleet of 14,000 vehicles cut by 15 percent in three years, grow ing to 25 percent in five years and 50 percent in ten years," he said.

"Based on current annual carbon dioxide emissions for the QFleet fleet this would result in a reduction from 79,300 tonnes per annum to approximately 39,000 tonnes per annum.

"This is the equivalent of taking approximately 8,000 vehicles off the road."

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