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Climate change report: Government urged to drive electric vehicle use

By Ian Bushnell - 31 October 2017 5

The transition to electric vehicles and the need for greater energy efficiency have been highlighted in a new report on the ACT’s climate change policies.

The report from the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment says that while the ACT Government has achieved much in recent years it must not be complacent.

It also warns that vulnerable households must not be left behind.

Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Professor Kate Auty said now was not the time to hit the pause button.

“Every new report released on climate change implications reinforces this concern,” Professor Auty said.

“The ACT has stepped up to the challenge and achieved significant outcomes in recent years. Our reverse auctions for sourcing renewable electricity supply have been a game changer in Australia. Maintaining momentum is essential.

“Transport is the next major challenge; energy efficiency is the great opportunity. It is paramount that climate change policy supports low-income households on the journey. They cannot be left behind.”

The report urges the Government to lead the transition to electric vehicles by converting the Government fleet and buses, investing in infrastructure to support this and facilitate private use, and setting a target for electric vehicles in the ACT to guide the market.

It also recommends financial benefits for using electric vehicles such as free parking and tax incentives.

On energy efficiency, the report says new minimum standards and incentives should be developed covering residential and commercial, new and existing buildings, and owner-occupied and rental properties.

It says energy efficiency ratings need to be valid and there should be targets and benchmarks for energy productivity in buildings to encourage change in the market.

The Government should take the lead in this through its own buildings and procurement, for example minimum energy star ratings for all business accommodation bookings.

The report says that climate change mitigation and adaptation policies must be embedded and integrated across government functions.

It also says there must be more community engagement to ensure policies are understood and accepted.

“The community must be integral to the process, both in the conversation and the decisions. We must all participate and be part of the necessary actions to address climate change. This involves changing our behaviours and supporting those less fortunate,” Professor Auty said.

Climate Change Minister Shane Rattenbury tabled the report in the Legislative Assembly last Thursday.

Mr Rattenbury said that in coming months the Government will engage with the community on its next climate change strategy, including interim targets to guide the pathway to net zero emissions by at least 2050.

The ACT Government has until April 2018 to respond to the recommendations in the Commissioner’s report.

The Implementation Status Report on ACT Government’s Climate Change Policy is available at:
http://www.envcomm.act.gov.au/publications/special_reports_and_investigations/implementation-status-report/

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OLydia 12:45 pm 07 Nov 17

dungfungus said :

OLydia said :

I’ve done a little research about the costs of recharging an electric car. With a number of assumptions, an estimate of about $4.50 per 100km was reached. This is quite competitive compared to conventional engines at 7l/100kms and fuel @ $1.40 = $9.80. List of assumptions can be found here: https://www.ergon.com.au/network/smarter-energy/electric-vehicles/charging-your-electric-vehicle

And how much would it cost to buy and maintain the vehicle portrayed in the article?

To have a true, competitive comparison capital costs, running costs and depreciation have to be factored in too.

Earlier in the year, the RACQ calculated average running costs for a wide variety of new cars, including 4 electric vehicles (https://www.racq.com.au/cars-and-driving/cars/owning-and-maintaining-a-car/car-running-costs). A casual look will lead you to believe that the cost of owning an electric vehicle is exorbitant, with 5 years costs totally over $100k for some models. For some reason, the RACQ calculated costs for extremely expensive electric vehicles, so if you exclude costs related to the list price (eg, depreciation, interest on loan, etc) and concentrate solely on running costs, you will see they compare well with those of vehicles in the medium car class for example. Servicing electric vehicles will be less expensive than servicing current fossil fuel vehicles. The biggest hit to maintaining an electric vehicle is battery replacement at about 100k km (http://knowhow.napaonline.com/electric-car-maintenance-need-know/). If you survive that road hump, and with the purchase price of electric vehicles continuing to drop, owning an electric vehicle will cost the same as the average medium car.

dungfungus 6:31 pm 06 Nov 17

OLydia said :

I’ve done a little research about the costs of recharging an electric car. With a number of assumptions, an estimate of about $4.50 per 100km was reached. This is quite competitive compared to conventional engines at 7l/100kms and fuel @ $1.40 = $9.80. List of assumptions can be found here: https://www.ergon.com.au/network/smarter-energy/electric-vehicles/charging-your-electric-vehicle

And how much would it cost to buy and maintain the vehicle portrayed in the article?

To have a true, competitive comparison capital costs, running costs and depreciation have to be factored in too.

OLydia 11:24 am 06 Nov 17

I’ve done a little research about the costs of recharging an electric car. With a number of assumptions, an estimate of about $4.50 per 100km was reached. This is quite competitive compared to conventional engines at 7l/100kms and fuel @ $1.40 = $9.80. List of assumptions can be found here: https://www.ergon.com.au/network/smarter-energy/electric-vehicles/charging-your-electric-vehicle

dungfungus 9:34 am 04 Nov 17

Here is something from 4 years ago to haunt the government and remind ratepayers that climate change ideology has winners and losers with the losers picking up the tab.

http://www.smh.com.au/act-news/utility-still-backs-ecoconcept-20130527-2n7s8.html

dungfungus 9:45 pm 02 Nov 17

Is off-peak power from the grid at very reduced rates going to be available at night to re-charge electric cars at residences? If not they will be a waste of money.

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