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Fleets motoring towards a greener outlook.

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Media Release The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

17 October 2002



Sixteen of Australia’s major vehicle fleets have introduced fuel efficiencies that have slashed their greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 10 percent.

The Federal Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, today congratulated the successful operators on their dedication to improving vehicle operation and service to make the environment a winner.

"The sixteen organisations recognised today have taken a lead in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions. They’re proof a sustainable result is possible through the careful coordination of business and environmental goals," said Mr Macfarlane.

The efficiencies have been achieved through a Government-Industry partnership, Greener Motoring. The program targets the transport sector as it contributes more than 20% or 74 million tonnes of our total energy-related gas emissions.

"We’ve formed a partnership with the Australasian Fleet Managers Association to establish a vehicle fleet efficiency program because 11% of the nation’s traffic is fleet vehicles," he said.

As most fleet vehicles are later on-sold to the public, the purchasing decisions of fleet managers have a significant impact on the fuel consumption and emissions of the entire driving population.

The 16 organisations named today include:

• Australia Post which has reduced emissions by almost 20,000 tonnes and saved $500,000 a year through simple practices like servicing vehicles ahead of time and using higher quality lubricants to minimise its fleet impact.

• Brisbane City Council which is moving its fleet of 670 buses from diesel to compressed natural gas. Each CNG bus will produce about 12 tonnes less carbon dioxide every year.

• Toyota for the development of its Prius Hybrid vehicle which uses an electrical motor and conserves otherwise wasted kinetic energy for later use. It achieves 46% better fuel consumption than the Corolla Ultima, a 46% decrease in carbon dioxide emissions.

Since its launch in February, 456 organisations - responsible for more than 540,000 vehicles - have registered with the Greener Motoring program.

Media contact: Kirsty Boazman 02 6277 7580 0412 171 444