Across Australia governments and businesses are responding to climate change, with the Federal Government accelerating its action to tackle the climate crisis. On a local level, councils play an enormous role in reducing overall emissions, community beliefs, behaviours and the adoption of sustainable solutions. One of these solutions that can make a big difference, locally and globally, is the uptake of electric maintenance vehicles.

The Federal Government is taking more action towards climate change than ever, partly due to the country’s obligations under the Paris Agreement, committing to a new national emission reduction target of 43 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030; an increase of 15 percentage points on the previous target.

Councils play a significant role in reaching net-zero

Local government in Australia can and does contribute significantly to overall government emissions reduction targets.

Highly visible in their communities, the actions of a local government utilising green energy can also contribute to a positive reputation among its constituents.

Recent findings from an energy efficiency consultancy, 100% Renewables, shows that one in six Australian local councils have adopted a net zero target. Ten, including Maroondah City Council in Victoria and the City of Brisbane, are already carbon neutral.

Councils worldwide transitioning to electric vehicles

Looking internationally, many countries are seeing local governments invest in electric maintenance vehicles.

Papeete, in French Polynesia, uses 100 per cent electric street sweepers in keeping with its environmental protection values.

In Belgium, the Kruibeke Municipality has converted its ageing street sweeping fleet to electric vehicles (EV).

In the cities of Naples and Noicattaro in Puglia, Italy, councils are using 100 per cent electric street sweepers, and leading Italian cleaning services provider, Serit, which operates throughout the province of Verona, has a 100 per cent electric fleet.

In Birmingham in the UK, councils are using a range of electric street sweepers, while Westminster City Council is cleaning London’s West End with a 100 per cent electric fleet of street cleaning vehicles.

Oslo in Norway has also added 100 per cent electric street sweepers to their fleet to meet emissions reduction targets.

The City of Mountain Brook in Alabama, US, has switched to 100 per cent electric mowers, leaf blowers and other outdoor maintenance equipment and saw an immediate drop in noise complaints. Because of the quietness of the machines, their outdoor maintenance crew can also get started early before the heat of the day kicks in during summer.

All of these examples showcase that the green technology now available is dependable – it’s been tried, tested and proven to work efficiently by leading councils around the world who have adopted these solutions to achieve net-zero sooner.

Adopting electric maintenance vehicles

Adding proven electric maintenance vehicles to a council fleet can reduce emissions and create a more sustainable region.

For support on adopting electric maintenance vehicles, talk to EcoTeq – Australia’s first zero-emission, 100 per cent electric maintenance equipment supplier.

From mowers to street cleaners, EcoTeq specialises in 100 per cent battery-powered equipment including commercial mowers, street sweepers, pavement washers and litter collection vacuums – supporting councils every step of the way to help reach net-zero goals.

This sponsored editorial is brought to you by EcoTeq. View EcoTeq’s range of 100 per cent electric maintenance vehicles at ecoteq.com.au or call 1800 100 150.

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