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Over 400 electric cars for public sector

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Progress towards the government’s plan for a carbon neutral public sector by 2025 has accelerated thanks to funding announced this week for more than 400 electric vehicles.

Minister of Climate Change James Shaw, announced $13.1 million of funding to ensure more state sector staff can get around while also helping the planet.

“Today’s announcement is a significant step towards our goal of carbon neutrality in the public sector within five years,” says Shaw.

“Introducing 422 electric vehicles to the state sector fleet will reduce carbon emissions by around 11,600 tonnes over the next ten years.

“The conversion of government fleets also means more demand for electric vehicles, which will start flowing through into the second-hand market, making electric vehicles more accessible for everyone.”

Funding for the electric vehicles and charging infrastructure will come from the government’s $200 million State Sector Decarbonisation Fund. The fund is considered a key tool for supporting public sector agencies to be carbon neutral by 2025.

The funding includes:

  • $5.1 million to help the Department of Conservation buy 148 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure
  • $1.1 million to help Kāinga Ora buy 40 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure

“It is crucial that we don’t take our foot off the accelerator when it comes to transport emissions,” Acting Conservation Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall says.

“DOC is responding to the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions to meet the government’s expectation of a carbon neutral operating model by 2025.

“The funding will help DOC to remove 490 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per annum from its vehicle fleet emissions profile. That’s a 19% reduction over DOC’s vehicle fleet emissions compared to the 2018/19 financial year. Combined with other DOC vehicle emission reduction programmes, the total projected reduction is 26% once all the electric vehicles are on road.”

Funding for the vehicles will be allocated from the Government’s $200 million State Sector Decarbonisation Fund, administered by EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority).

The Carbon Neutral Government Programme was announced by the Government in 2020, requiring government agencies to measure and publicly report on their emissions and to offset any they can’t cut by 2025.

Agencies are also required to purchase battery electric vehicles (BEVs), or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) if a BEV is not appropriate for the proposed use.

The full list of vehicle projects announced are:

  • $5.127 million for Department of Conservation to buy 148 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure. The Department of Conservation will invest $5.127 million from its own budget. EECA estimates this will reduce carbon emissions by around 4,900 tonnes over the next ten years (around 490 tonnes per annum on average over ten years).
  • $4.306 million for Northland DHB to lease 150 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure. Northland DHB will invest $4.306 million from its own budget. EECA estimates this will reduce carbon emissions by around 3,840 tonnes over the next ten years (around 384 tonnes per annum on average over ten years).
  • $1.126 million for Kāinga Ora to buy 40 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure. Kāinga Ora will invest $1.126 million from its own budget. EECA estimates this project will reduce carbon emissions by around 860 tonnes over the next ten years (around 86 tonnes per annum on average over ten years).
  • $0.096 million for Scion to buy three electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure. Scion will invest $0.105 million from its own budget. EECA estimates this will reduce carbon emissions by around 65 tonnes over the next ten years (around 6 tonnes per annum on average over ten years).
  • $0.084 million for Ministry of Education to lease three electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure. The Ministry of Education will invest $0.084 million from its own budget. We estimate that this will reduce carbon emissions by around 64 tonnes over the next ten years (around 6 tonnes per annum on average over ten years).
  • $0.758 million for ACC to buy 25 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure. ACC will invest $0.758 million from its own budget. EECA estimates this project will reduce carbon emissions by around 350 tonnes over the next ten years (around 35 tonnes per annum on average over ten years).
  • $0.493 million for Te Puni Kōkiri to buy 16 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure. Te Puni Kokiri will invest $0.511 million from its own budget. EECA estimates this project will reduce carbon emissions by around 363 tonnes over the next ten years (around 36.3 tonnes per annum on average over ten years).
  • $0.108 million for Statistics New Zealand to buy four electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure. Statistics New Zealand will invest $0.108 million from its own budget. EECA estimates this project will reduce carbon emissions by around 78 tonnes over the next ten years (around 7.8 tonnes per annum on average over ten years).
  • $0.029 million for Hawkes Bay DHB to buy one electric vehicle and install charging infrastructure. Hawkes Bay DHB will invest $0.032 million from its own budget. EECA estimates this project will reduce carbon emissions by around 36 tonnes over the next ten years (around 3.6 tonnes per annum on average over ten years).
  • $0.983 million for New Zealand Defence Force to procure 32 electric vehicles (a mix of leasing and buying) and install charging infrastructure. New Zealand Defence Force will invest $1.380 million from its own budget. EECA estimates this will reduce carbon emissions by around 1,050 tonnes over the next ten years (around 105 tonnes per annum on average over ten years).

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James Shaw

Posted on 14-05-2021 07:28 | By

The Department of Correctness cannot use them for their core work because you can’t put all the tools in them and drive up the wop wops. It’s just for desk jockeys to drive to “meetings”, all of which have been done on Zoom for the last year and could continue to be. It’s just virtue spend for no reason. But James Shaw likes doing that - is he sending a few to his buddies at the Green Schools??

YEAH

Posted on 13-05-2021 21:19 | By The Caveman

And DOC put one on Stewart Island - that needs to be charged by a DIESEL generator !!!! What did they miss ????