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By 2021 we will be:
Transport emissions have been declining in recent years, mainly due to improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency. In 2015 Tasmania’s transport sector had the highest emissions out of all the reported sectors of our economy, highlighting a need to put in place a range of strategies to support a more sustainable transport system.3
Emerging technologies, such as electric vehicles, are likely to transform transport systems in coming decades. Supporting the uptake of electric vehicles through a planned and coordinated approach, which is informed and driven by the market, will position Tasmania to maximise the potential benefits.
These benefits may be far-reaching for Tasmania. Electric vehicles are less expensive to run than petrol or diesel vehicles, and together with increased renewable electricity supply, will reduce the emissions from our transport sector and help to improve our energy security.
In January 2016, Metro Tasmania introduced a new Hobart bus network, with more frequent and direct services, and better connections at interchanges. By making it faster, smarter and easier to catch a bus, it is intended that more people will choose to leave their car at home, reducing congestion and improving travel time for all road users. The next stage of this work is to review the Metro bus networks in Launceston and Burnie.
Other opportunities to reduce emissions and save on vehicle running costs include considering fuel efficiency and engine size when purchasing a new or used vehicle. We can also address transport emissions by encouraging Tasmanians to use alternative modes of transport such as walking and cycling, especially for short trips.
The actions for this priority area focus on:
What we have done so far:
Delivered the Electric Vehicle Demonstration Project in partnership with Hydro Tasmania and TasNetworks
Rolled out the Smarter Fleets program to improve light vehicle fleet efficiency with a number of councils, TasNetworks, TasPorts and TasTAFE
Initiated significant planning reforms, including infrastructure and planning policies to facilitate and promote active transport
Released for public consultation a draft transport access strategy, which sets out the Tasmanian Government’s approach to providing integrated and coordinated transport services, including more opportunities for people to walk, cycle and use public transport
Metro Tasmania has introduced a new Turn Up and Go service between Hobart, Rosny Park and Howrah, along with new direct routes to the Sandy Bay University of Tasmania campus from Glenorchy and the Eastern Shore
|3.1 Support the rollout of a statewide electric vehicle charging network consistent with market trends|
Undertake a report that assesses approaches to the rollout of a charging network and is informed by a market analysis
Work with local government, businesses and industry to improve charging network infrastructure in Tasmania
|3.2 Establish an electric vehicle working group to develop a coordinated approach|
Identify barriers to electric vehicle uptake
Review relevant policy and regulatory settings
Analyse the impact of electric vehicle uptake on Tasmania’s electricity sector
Investigate ways to improve electric vehicle data collection
|3.3 Extend the Smarter Fleets program to improve the efficiency of heavy vehicle fleets and additional light vehicle fleets|
Conduct training and workshops, and provide tailored support
Develop tools and resources to support broader adoption of identified strategies
Monitor the impact on fleet performance
|3.4 Support public transport uptake|
Continue to improve the overall journey times for passengers with more frequent and direct services
Pursue opportunities such as the availability of real-time data and prioritisation of buses
Use State Planning Policies to guide the location of development to ensure effective use of the transport network
|3.5 Improve the efficiency of the Tasmanian Government transport fleet|
Implement strategies identified through the Smarter Fleets program in the Tasmanian Government light vehicle fleet
Review the Green Vehicle Guide minimum standards for the Tasmanian Government fleet
Identify and address barriers to the uptake of electric vehicles in the Tasmanian Government fleet
3 Australian Department of Environment, 2017, State and Territory Greenhouse Gas Inventories 2015