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Tasmanian Climate Change Office

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Contact the Tasmanian Climate Change Office on 03 6232 7173 | climatechange@dpac.tas.gov.au or Service Tasmania on 1300 135 513.

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Transport (Land, air and sea)

Greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector are increasing in Tasmania and, at 1.8Mt carbon dioxide equivalent, now form 24.3 per cent of the State’s total emissions.

Greenhouse gas emissions are measured in carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2-e). Because each greenhouse gas varies in terms of its contribution to climate change, these are combined into a single, consistent value of CO2-e. See Tasmania’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions for more information about our emissions.

The Tasmanian Government is focusing on reducing its own transport emissions. Government vehicles now have to meet a minimum Green Vehicle Guide greenhouse rating of 5.5. Cars are rated on factors such as fuel consumption and level of emissions.

Tasmanian Government agencies have been finding ways to save money and reduce emissions from their vehicle fleets. For example, the Department of Health and Human Services saved $1.6 million and reduced carbon emissions by 15 per cent between 2011 and 2013. These savings were achieved through things like improved car-pooling and choosing more energy efficient vehicles. The Tasmanian Government are supporting more fleets to follow this example to both save money and reduce emissions.

A training program is also available for Government agencies to help drivers reduce costs, use less fuel and be safer on the road.

Electric vehicles

The majority of Tasmania’s electrical energy is locally generated, clean hydro-electricity. However, vehicle fuels are imported, carbon-based and emit greenhouse gases. The use of electric vehicles will take advantage of clean electricity and reduce carbon emissions from transport. Over time, this will also make the State more energy independent.

In 2015 the Tasmanian Climate Change Office delivered the Electric Vehicles Demonstration Project, in partnership with Hydro Tasmania and TasNetworks. The project engaged Joule Logic to develop business cases for the potential deployment of electric vehicles into Tasmanian Fleets.

The project delivered:

  • Increased understanding of electric vehicles for participating fleets including Government agencies, TasNetworks, Hydro Tasmania, local government and the education sector
  • An assessment of the electric vehicles currently available and suitable for fleet use
  • Business cases prepared for 13 fleets
  • Demonstration vehicles during the project to allow extended trialling by seven organisations
  • Attractive sale and lease deals for participating fleets, and
  • A commitment of up to 20 additional electric vehicles into Tasmanian fleets by the end of 2015.