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Members of the Parks and Gardens team at Mount Alexander Shire Council, with one of the new hybrid trucks.

Council is working towards its goal of zero net emissions for Council operations by 2025 with the addition of two hybrid trucks to its vehicle fleet.

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is working towards its goal of zero net emissions for Council operations by 2025 with the addition of two hybrid trucks to its vehicle fleet.

The new energy-efficient trucks will be used by Council’s Parks and Gardens team to transport landscape materials, debris, and tow small plant and equipment.

The transition to hybrid vehicles is one of the actions identified in Council’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, which Council adopted at its meeting in August.

The roadmap is a comprehensive plan that outlines what actions Council will take to achieve zero net emissions for its operations by 2025.

“Transitioning our fleet away from fossil fuels is one of our priorities,” said Christine Henderson, Mayor of Mount Alexander Shire.

“These vehicles are much more energy efficient, and for heavy vehicles where electrification is not yet a possibility, hybrid vehicles are the next best option.”

“Selecting two hybrid trucks over conventional trucks saves more than $10,000 over ten years through fuel savings and carbon offset savings.

“It also reduces local air pollution, decreases the cost of maintenance and has a higher resale value,” said Mayor Henderson.

The purchase of the two hybrid vehicles complements a number of other initiatives underway across Mount Alexander Shire to reduce net emissions.

Over the past few years Council has replaced almost 900 street lights with low energy LED lights, installed solar panels on many of its buildings and delivered a range of community waste education programs.

“The roadmap includes further ideas to continue this work, including the transition of more of our fleet to electric vehicles, and improving the energy efficiency of Council buildings,” said Mayor Henderson.

Council is currently working collaboratively with the local community on a masterplan for community-wide zero-net emissions, as part of the Z-NET Community Transition Plan.

Residents are encouraged to complete an online survey about their home energy use, travel methods and waste as part of the project. The results will be used to inform a masterplan to help reduce carbon emissions in the shire, and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

To view the road map visit the climate-related plans and strategies page on Council’s website. To complete the survey, visit www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/EnvironmentalProjects.

Image: Members of the Parks and Gardens team at Mount Alexander Shire Council, with one of the new hybrid trucks.



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