Transport giant to take advantage of its own efficiency gains and emissions reduction targets
Toll is looking forward to the nation’s new on emissions reduction strategy starting.
While some quarters of the trucking industry see much work to be done before the Federal Government’s Direct Action Plan becomes meaningful, the country’s biggest transport and logistics provider believes it is well placed to take advantage of it.
The Government’s Green Paper on the issue uses a cost curve that shows commercial transport has efficiency improvements with the greatest potential.
“Areas of gain highlighted in the ClimateWorks cost curve … include in car and light commercial vehicles, which they have indicated should be approached through actions such as emission’s regulations and fuel efficiency programs,” Group Manager, Media & Research Christopher Whitefield says is a written response to ATN.
“Large articulated trucks are the second category they recognise, presumably on an emissions per tonne per kilometre basis.
“Work reported in Toll’s 2013 Environment Report – Managing climate change & energy risks (p.46) shows gains of 21 per cent and 35 per cent in moving from a six-axle semi to a B-double/B-triple respectively.
“So yes, there are gains to be made for transport providers such as Toll, which is what we’re working to do.
“In Australia for example, Toll has set a 20 per cent emission intensity reduction target by 2020 against 2010 levels.
“We are already well progressed in rolling-out programs to achieve this target.
“This includes a range of programs covering smarter vehicle deign, smarter fuels, smarter driver behaviour, smarter planning and smarter facilities through our broader Smarter Green environmental program.”