“A Roadmap to double energy productivity in Freight Transport by 2030” is now released for comment, and yours will be most welcome.
Urgent action is needed to generate more economic value from the energy used to move freight in Australia, as congested cities increasingly constrain productivity across the economy. Decisions made today can lock-in energy-intensive freight transport activities for decades.
Published by the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity using extensive consultation with leading transport businesses, industry associations and government stakeholders, the roadmap aims to agree actions and priorities for both industry and government under the National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP).
Transport is now Australia’s largest energy user, and with the freight task to grow 25% over the next decade, it will have ever-greater influence on congestion, climate change, air pollution and economic productivity across all sectors. The transport sector has some of the most cost-effective opportunities for energy and emissions savings, yet as the NEPP 2016 annual report notes, raising energy productivity in freight and commercial transport relies largely on voluntary action, and little progress is being made.
The Roadmap considers trends that will shape future energy use in the sector, including increasing urbanisation, a shift to renewable energy, vehicle electrification, connectivity and intelligent transport systems, automation and business model transformation. It gauges the extent of improvements possible via known technologies; it highlights the uncertainty expected from various levels of disruption that is coming; and it identifies measures to help the transition to a much more energy-productive freight sector.
Key suggestions will be incorporated into its final version, so please check it out and contribute your ideas.
Implementing energy audit recommendations usually achieves significant cost savings. However the current Australian Standard for energy audits is based on auditing commercial buildings and is not practical for transport.
Transport operations have characteristics that produce variability in energy performance and make fleet energy use difficult to model:
– Very high variation in routes, loading and traffic conditions;
– Vehicle operators strongly influence energy performance;
– Regulations, such as noise or load limits, provide constraints.
A new transport-specific standard, AS/NZS 3598.3 Energy Audits-Transport Sector, will be the first of its kind internationally. It is intended to help transport operators find the approach best suited to their business for assessing energy efficiency and reducing costs .
To develop a standard of practical value, the consultation process seeks additional expertise to address the specific data measurement and analysis needs of the road, rail, aviation and maritime industries.
You can contribute at the Standards Hub Website as referenced in the inside cover of the draft standard, available here.
Comments close on 10 April 2014.
The “Carbon Neutral Transport” webinar I ran recently for the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Australia was well received and the discussion afterwards generated some ideas for the future.
For those who missed it, here’s a link to the recording, based on the following brief:
What advantages does going Carbon Neutral offer the Transport industry?
To be Carbon Neutral a transport operator must save fuel relentlessly, use clean fuels and offset their residual emissions.
Saving fuel means saving money, and our customers increasingly demand energy-efficient and low carbon transport.
So why isn’t every transport firm going Carbon Neutral?
In this webinar, you will:
– Learn what Carbon Neutral means in the transport sector;
– See what’s being done to break down the barriers; and
– Find out how the Business Case for Carbon Neutral Transport really stacks up!