The ACT government has been rewarded for its success in running a green fleet as part of a sustainable fleet policy, winning the 2021 Fleet Environment Award awarded by the Australasian Fleet Management Association.
The award recognises the success the ACT government’s zero emissions fleet transition to date and the resulting benefits in reducing emissions and encouraging broader changes in the industry.
“Our fleet transition is reducing emissions and reducing air pollution so that Canberra tackles climate change and remains a great place to live,” minister for Emissions Reduction Shane Rattenbury said.
“We now have over 140 zero emissions vehicles in our fleet. This includes 52 electric vehicles, 70 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and 20 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The ACT government is also committed to a zero emissions public transport system by 2040 at the latest.
“The procurement process is underway for 90 electric buses, the first of which is expected to commence operation in the next financial year. The ACT government passenger vehicles that have already been changed over to zero emissions vehicles have reduced our annual fuel consumption by around 160,000 litres, reducing CO2 emissions by over 400 tonnes each year.”
The 20 Hyundai NEXO hydrogen vehicles in the fleet are Australia’s first government fleet of hydrogen vehicles, according to Rattenbury.
“Battery and fuel cell electric vehicles each have their own advantages and in the future our fleet is likely to be a mix of both. The hydrogen trial will help establish which work best in different scenarios,” he said.
“Our fleet transition will continue rapidly over the coming years and we’re also assisting the community to transition to zero emission vehicles, with a range of financial incentives and charging infrastructure.
“I would like to congratulate and thank all of our partners and industry stakeholders that helped make this award possible.”