THE HON MARK DREYFUS QC MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation
TRUCKING INDUSTRY ON THE ROAD TO A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE
Transforce Bulk Haulage has become the first carbon neutral trucking company in Australia to be endorsed under the National Carbon Offset Standard.
The Dubbo trucking company now accounts for all of its carbon emissions from a fleet of 11 trucks including single trailers, B-doubles and road trains.
"Transforce has reduced its carbon pollution by 250 tonnes a year and offset its remaining emissions. This is a first for Australia's trucking industry," said Mark Dreyfus, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.
"The company has voluntarily upgraded its vehicles with lower emissions engine technology, sources energy from GreenPower, buys carbon offsets and rewards drivers who use less fuel through improved driving techniques."
Mr Dreyfus will present Transforce's owner Steve Fieldus with an award today, under the Government's voluntary Carbon Neutral Program, at the national Carbon Farming Conference and Expo in Dubbo.
"Transforce Bulk Haulage is taking the lead and showing that reforms aimed at energy efficiency and sustainability can be applied to great effect in the transport industry," he said.
The transport sector contributes about 15% to Australia's total emissions each year.
"A clean energy future is a necessary reform to maintain a competitive economy, protect our environment and do the right thing for our children and future generations."
The Carbon Neutral Program includes corporate leaders such as Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Qantas, ANZ and NAB. The combined efforts of carbon neutral participants have resulted in more than 1 million tonnes of carbon pollution being avoided each year.
WEDNESDAY, 24 OCTOBER , 2012