Australia-first EPA scheme for emissions reduction

Transporters, customers sign up to Australian-first greenhouse gas reduction program through EPA

September 9 2009

The Environment Protection Agency Victoria (EPAV) and the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) along with 17 major companies have joined together to participate in a program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

'EcoStation', based on an American style model, is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia and will include companies such as Linfox, Woolworths and Glen Cameron Transport.

EPAV Acting Chief Executive Officer Terry A’Hearn says if successful the program will be implemented state and even nationwide in the future.

"We have 17 companies and organisations from the freight sector who have signed up as foundation partners for the pilot phase," A’ Hearn says.

"These partners will play an important role in helping develop the program so that we are in a position to roll out to the broader freight sector by mid 2010.

"The pilot will help us quantify emission reductions and dollar savings that can be expected in the Victorian freight sector."

VTA CEO Phil Lovel says the program demonstrates the important role the freight sector has to play in the reduction of carbon emissions.

"The freight sector contributes between 3 to 6 percent of total Australian emissions and the freight task is predicted to double between 2000 and 2020," Lovel says.

"This program will build capacity within the freight sector to improve its environmental performance and recognise excellence and innovation in achieving sustainable outcomes."

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