The ACT government is seeking community views on lowering vehicle emissions with the release today of a Low Emission Vehicle Strategy discussion paper by Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell.
“A key element of the government’s commitment to making our city a better place to live, work and do business is to make Canberra a more sustainable city by reducing transport generated greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Corbell said.
Both the 2012 Transport for Canberra policy and ACT Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan outline actions to reduce the transport sector’s 23% contribution to Canberra’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
The discussion paper proposes to:
– Promote the purchase and use of low emission vehicles.
– Promote changes in driver behaviour.
– Ensure the ACT government leads by example.
– Complement actions in the Transport for Canberra policy that help reduce transport
generated greenhouse gas emissions.
“The ACT government is already leading by example by reducing our own fleet emissions by replacing some fleet cars with zero emission electric cars and looking at options for lower emission vehicles when leases expire,” Mr Corbell said.
“To ensure the ACT government continues to lead, we are also developing an ACT government sustainable vehicle fleet strategy.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Canberrans and the motor industry to work with us to address the lowering of vehicle emissions as the ACT moves towards carbon neutrality by 2060.”
Public consultation on the discussion paper is open until 19 August. To see and comment on the discussion paper www.timetotalk.act.gov.au