SA ZERO: Overcoming barriers to decarbonising fleet transport

In partnership with RAA, on 11 April 2024 our SA ZERO cluster met for their bimonthly member workshop and public forum on the topic of Sustainable Transport, with a focus on overcoming the barriers to fleet decarbonisation.

Transport is the highest emitting sector in South Australia, making up 29% of our greenhouse gas emissions*. Decarbonising the vehicles in our commercial fleets is a critical action that many organisations and government departments are taking.

At the forum, Shane Babiak, Senior Manager Market Development – Mobility and Motoring from the RAA provided a keynote presentation on RAA’s journey to an electrified patrol van fleet.

A panel discussion followed which was, moderated by Michelle Howie, SA ZERO Program Lead, and included Shane, Cathi Buttfield, Project Manager EV Integration at Dept. for Energy & Mining, Andrew Howard, Program Director Electric Vehicle Charging at RAA and Scott Gillespie, CEO & Founder at CarBon Leasing & Rentals and discussed solutions and opportunities we can all work on.

Some key takeaways from the event included:

  • Decarbonising fleets should be a strategic imperative, not a choice.
  • Start somewhere – engage, pilot and test early.
  • EV’s are not the barrier. Find the champions within the workplace to overcome issues and plan for the necessary infrastructure and supporting policies.
  • SA has a real advantage given our abundant renewable energy resources.

SA ZERO is a cluster of business, government, and academia on a mission to accelerate the zero carbon, zero waste pathways of South Australia. SA ZERO is facilitated by the Committee for Adelaide. Click here for more.

*Source: South Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in the 2021 financial year from SA Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

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