HOW GREEN IS AUSTRALIA’S TRANSPORT INDUSTRY? PART 1

In this two part series, we take a look at just how green Australian transport is. Many people see a truck on the road and automatically assume it’s an environmental disaster. But, many trucking companies are as worried about climate change as everyone else, and they’re changing practice to reflect that. Here, we take a look at recent developments.

Smarter oil

Castrol has taken the initiative, by bringing Vecton – Australia’s first carbon-neutral oil – on to the market. The carbon used in its creation is offset through investment in Tasmania’s Redd Forest Grouped Project. This aims to protect Tassie’s rainforest through developing agreements with farmers to stop logging for 35 years.

“It’s a case of what you put in, you must also take out,” said Castrol’s Ash Kochar.

Other companies thinking of following in Castrol’s footsteps should be aware that attaining carbon neutral certification can take up to a year. First, the company must count up its total carbon production, including that involved in plants, manufacturing, packaging and transport. Next up, a carbon offset plan, which meets the National Carbon Offset Standard, must be whipped into shape. That said, the time and effort is definitely worth it.

Platooning

Many people would argue that, where platooning is concerned, Aussie trucking companies have been leading the way for years. Platooning reduces energy use by having trucks travel in a tight line-up, synchronising as many actions as possible – from braking and accelerating to changing lanes. And Australia’s road trains are masters of the mechanical version of this. Overseas, the European Truck Platooning Challenge hit the news recently. Facilitated by EU President, the Netherlands, the event saw a bunch of trucks, from DAF, Iveco, MAN, Daimler, Scania and Volvo, journey from their hometowns to Rotterdam, platoon-style.

how green is australia's transport industry? part 1

Electric power

In 2013, Toll Group introduced Australia’s first all-electric truck. The Smith Electric 10-tonner runs around Brisbane, taking care of parcel deliveries. In 2015, Smith Electric Australia announced it was thinking about expanding its fleet and was looking for a suitable spot to build an assembly plant. Down the track, electric might well become mainstream in the bulk haulage industry.

Keen to read more green trucking news? Read on for the second instalment in this two-part series.

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