AAA on the Road to Greener Motoring
Australia’s motoring clubs have taken up the climate change challenge with the release today by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) of its climate change statement and a package of measures aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
The package will involve motoring clubs:
- auditing their own business operations to lower greenhouse gas emissions;
- providing Eco Driving information to more than 6.5 million members;
- hosting an international forum involving governments, industry and world experts, to examine vehicle emissions and how best to reduce them, and
- moving to abate roadside service vehicles’ emissions.
AAA Executive Director, Mike Harris – releasing the Climate Change Statement with Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese – said the AAA motoring clubs were committed to reducing vehicle emissions and the statement provided practical, proactive solutions to the issue.
“Vehicle emissions account for almost eight per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, and the AAA clubs are doing something about that,” Mr Harris said.
“Research shows the vast majority of motorists are concerned about climate change and look to the motoring clubs for impartial, expert advice on how to reduce or offset their vehicle’s environmental impact,” Mr Harris said.
“Our statement sets the goals of assisting club members to reduce and offset their emissions, ensuring that mobility is sustainable, minimising the emissions generated by products and services provided to members, and participating with governments and industry in developing policies and initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“As a part of this thrust, motoring clubs are also undertaking organisation-wide environmental audits to look at all aspects of their operations and recommend targets and strategies for greenhouse emission reductions.
“And we are proud to see that the clubs are working to reduce the emissions generated in responding to the more than five million calls for emergency roadside calls for help they receive each year. These efforts include switching to less carbon-intensive fuel, such as LPG, and moves to purchase carbon offsets to reduce the emergency roadside services’ carbon footprint.”
Mr Harris said that, along with the clubs’ moves to “go green” with their own vehicle fleets, the national climate change statement provides the impetus for a range of club activities, including investigating various options for helping members to cut or offset their own greenhouse gas emissions.
“Carbon neutralising the motoring activity of some 6.5 million Australians is a bold objective, but achieving it would go a long way towards neutralising overall greenhouse emissions from the nation’s road transport sector.
“To ensure there is well-informed debate on how Australia goes about achieving cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, we will be conducting a national summit in June this year to critically review the role of the car in society and the environment, and set an agenda for future activities.
“We will be calling on all governments to set an example by buying cleaner, greener cars, as well as putting in place policies that encourage the use of a wide mix of fuels and new vehicle technology, and use smart investment in infrastructure to cut polluting congestion.”
AAA’s national climate change statement, On The Road To Greener Motoring can be downloaded from www.aaa.asn.au.