ACT government plans to move to 100% zero emissions fleet
Category: #world  By Ojaswita Kutepatil  Date: 2018-04-17
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ACT government plans to move to 100% zero emissions fleet

In what may seem to be Australia’s most ambitious plan to transit to electric vehicles, the ACT government has recently announced its decision to double up on its commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2020. The ACT government has revealed that the next largest source of greenhouse gas emission is indeed transport and it is therefore important to have a zero-emissions vehicle fleet.

Sources reveal that the commitment came on the heels of a new transport strategy disclosed by Shane Rattenbury, the Climate Change minister, who along with energy minsters, has been allegedly considering the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) ahead of a meeting in Melbourne. The minister was quoted stating that it is important to tackle transport pollution to tackle climate change. Zero emission vehicle technology in this regard plays a key role in achieving the energy targets, he asserted.

The newly realised electric vehicle action plan will include incentives for consumers to purchase zero-emission vehicles and proposal for charging stations on major routes.

Additionally, the ACT expects to be drawing 100% of its electricity need from renewable and sustainable sources within the time span of 2 years and proportionally aiming for transport to account for 60% of ACT’s GHG contribution. Reports affirm that a minimum of 50% of the government’s leased passenger vehicles will come under the zero-emission fleet by 2019-2020 and 100% of the fleet by 2020-2021.

According to a report obtained from the AAP on the National Energy Guarantee, the plan would not consider individual state & territory efforts to reduce the emissions as a part of the overall emission reduction target of 26-to-28 per cent on 2005 levels by the end of the year 2030.

Industry experts speculate that the ACT’s continued leadership on climate change mitigation and other environmental issues is highly anticipated by electric vehicle industry and has set a benchmark for other governments.



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