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In 2008, as part of the Clean Machine Program, we reviewed
our procurement and tender specifications, ensuring a
preference for vehicles and plant with high emission standards.
Contractors were obliged to support the program, which
• retrofitting of diesel oxidisation catalyst (DOC) catalytic
convertors on older equipment
• eliminating idling for long periods
• staff toolbox talks on better driving behaviours
• posting information around the depot and on transparent
stickers on vehicle windscreens.
In 2007, we relined our underground diesel and petrol
fuel tanks with a polyurethane liner, eliminating the risk of
contamination for new alternate fuels and extending tank life for
a further 25 years. Filters (2.5 micron) were fitted to the bowsers,
further eliminating any threat of contamination to vehicles' fuel
systems, improving fuel consumption and extending filter life.
These improvements allowed us to use biofuels: B20 (used
throughout our diesel fleet) and E10 (in our leaseback vehicles).
Our vehicle suppliers and government agencies acknowledged
the biofuel program as successful.
We are currently investigating the use of hydrogen as a
supplement fuel and the use of hydraulic hybrid transmissions
systems in our garbage fleet.
Our overseas investigations resulted in a major truck
manufacturer retrofitting the first hydraulic hybrid transmission
in Australia. This system is capable of fuel and emissions savings
of up to 50 per cent, and can extend brake life from one year to
six years. Trials are progressing in Brisbane, and we are following
this project very closely.
Procurement of our leaseback car fleet is in line with the
Green Vehicle Guide -- emissions and ANCAP ratings are part
of the selection criteria. Our staff are offered a range of options
with incentives to choose low-emission vehicles -- hybrid,
alternate fuel or electric vehicles.
In 2015, we purchased nine Mitsubishi plug-in-hybrid
vehicles (PHEV). We have 12 electric charge points within
the city for use by our staff and the public. The electricity is
supplemented by solar panels on adjacent buildings. In addition,
Council has approved installation of 10 'smart poles' with electric
vehicle charge points. These will be free of charge for the public
for the first three years, after which a 'user pays' system will apply.
We manage risk through our very strong work health and
safety (WHS) system, and our recent WHS audit demonstrates
our commitment and results.
In 2015, we contracted the services of a driver educator to
oversee our driver/vehicle risk management program, including:
• presenting toolbox talks to our drivers, emphasising good
driving behaviour, vehicle safety and sustainability
• investigating accident sites that are potentially hazardous
and that pose a risk to our community, including our drivers
• overseeing our Drive to Survive program, developed in
response to the New South Wales Government's Towards
Zero initiative -- this is a mandatory program for all Council
• ensuring that our 200-plus community bus volunteers are
accredited in safe driving practices
• developing our Safe Driving Strategy 2017--2021, which
outlines our safe driving policies and procedures
• developing an instructional toolkit outlining drivers'
obligations in the event of an accident, and including safe
driving tips and contacts.
Our new garbage fleet not only exhibits advanced
safety features, but it also demonstrates our commitment
to communicating socially responsible messages using the
garbage truck as 360-degree billboard. These trucks are
completely painted in specific colours, which helps to deliver a
• Black -- White Ribbon Foundation
• Magenta -- Amy Gillett Foundation
• White -- Keep NSW Beautiful
• Purple -- Cancer Council NSW
• Orange -- Black Dog Institute
• Red -- Redkite
• Blue -- Diabetes NSW.
We are currently
investigating the use
of hydrogen as a
supplement fuel and the
use of hydraulic hybrid
transmissions systems in
our garbage fleet
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