ACT looks to EVs and car sharing to cut transport emissions

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ACT is considering initiatives to encourage electric vehicles and car sharing to try and slash transport emissions.

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The ACT Government has released a strategy document detailing how vehicle emissions can be reduced, including encouraging electric vehicle and car pooling and sharing.

act carsIn the discussion document released by the ACT Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, measures that might be adopted include promoting the purchase and use of low emission vehicles by reducing the cost of green vehicles, an offering discounts on green vehicle registrations.

The ACT is also looking at reducing travel time and boost convenience by allowing green vehicles access to transit lanes and reserved parking spaces. Heavy vehicles may also get conversion grants to switch to more sustainable low emission fuels.

Corbell described the plan “as a key element for the government’s commitments to making our city a better place to live, work and do business.”

In the Low Emission Vehicle Strategy discussion paper the Government details three major steps in reduced vehicle generated green house gas emissions; to promote the purchase and use of low emission vehicles, for the ACT government to lead by example, to promote a change in driver behaviour.

act emissionsAccording to the report, transport has the second highest share of emissions by sector for the ACT, standing at 23 per cent after electricity at 61 per cent.  (The ACT already has a goal of 90 per cent renewable energy for 2020).

The plan will ultimately target passenger vehicles, which dominate in both the number of vehicles, 83.6 per cent, and emissions, 73.5 per cent.

The paper also notes that as newer models of cars arrive each year, average emissions tend to trend downwards with an average around 200 g/co2/km in 2012 compared to around 250 g/co2/km in 2002.

Changes in driver behaviour will come from car sharing programs, carpooling programs and a green driving program.The ACT has already started to replace some fleet cars with zero emission electric cars, and is “looking at opting for lower emissions vehicles when leases expire”.

Currently the territory has the lowest emission intensity of any government vehicle fleet in Australia, with hybrid, electric and diesel vehicles.

Corbell noted that this is one part to a long-term goal of “lowering emissions as the ACT moves towards carbon neutrality by 2060”.

The ACT encourages members of the public to comment on the strategy with submissions.

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  1. michael 5 years ago

    that’s a fairly unique emission source mix I think, normally electricity only about 30% (I think). It’s the elephant in the room which isn’t addressed often, that by cutting electricty generating emissions by 30% say, it doesn’t really do that much to the overall gross emissions (throw in agriculture and cars etc). probably deserves more airtime

    • wideEyedPupil 5 years ago

      Unique is like pregnancy. One doesn’t qualify 😉

  2. Alen 5 years ago

    EVs are long overdue to make some sort of impact over here, and considering Abbott’s plan to increase fuel prices, well it couldn’t come any sooner. Also considering all the effort utilities like Origin are going through to halt the dropping of energy demand (whether it be by means of RE technologies or from efficiency measures) I would think they would be one of the first to promote EVs.

    After all we have a car manufacturing hole to fill, why not do something smart that is (for a change) sustainable well into the future, and start manufacturing EVs down here.

    • Goldie444 5 years ago

      I think I am an example for Alen’s comment about the utilities should be out promoting EVs. I have just purchased a PHEV that does 50 kms in EV mode which is a bit more than my daily commute. My daily kwh use has gone from about 8 to about 18 to 20. I had to buy a car made over seas because there was not one made in Australia. And perhaps the utilities could start the process by helping the build the electric car charging highway.

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