Toll to turn over fleet to reduce emissions

Toll will turn over more of its fleet to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2020

By Rob McKay | August 27, 2010

Toll Holdings will turn over more of its fleet as part of efforts to reduce emissions by 20 percent by 2020.

Speaking to ATN yesterday following the release of the company’s end of year results, Toll Managing Director Paul Little says tucks will be taken off front-line duties after about three years.

They will be re-engineered and demoted while new, cleaner and more fuel-efficient models took their place. However Little says trucks will not be retired before the end of their economic life.

The scheme is part of the Toll’s Smarter Green Program outlined in its financial report yesterday.

It revealed that Toll’s Australian emissions last financial year were about 500,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents. This financial year’s performance was still being collated.

The strategy will be quite broad, involving such areas as retraining, driver behaviour and re-equipping the fleet amongst other initiatives.

Little says he is not perturbed by the prospect of greater political power for the Greens and he backed increased political scrutiny of the company on environmental issues.

"We welcome the focus that’s on the environmental side of operating in logistics today," he says.

"We’re not concerned about it."

Little felt the Greens had more "low-hanging fruit" to pick before taking on a freight transport sector that contributes only six percent of emissions and where the better operators are already doing the right thing.

"As I’ve said before, there is a direct link between being environmentally responsible and running an efficient business," he says.

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