Canberra light rail to run on 100% renewable energy

22nd June 2015
Stage one of the light rail network will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, according to the ACT Government. (Supplied)

ABC News reports (20/6/16):

"Stage one of Canberra's light rail network will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, according to Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell. Mr Corbell said the multi-million-dollar transport project, linking Civic to Gungahlin in Canberra's north, provided a significant opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the territory. 'Capital Metro is about creating a more sustainable Canberra and we are making sure that environment and sustainability is at the heart of our approach for an integrated public transport network', he said.

"The 100 per cent renewable target would be made up in two parts. Mr Corbell said the successful bidder for the project would have to source 10 per cent of the light rail's electricity usage from renewable energy sources. 'Combined with the ACT Government achieving its target of 90 per cent renewable energy by 2020 - the time in which stage one light rail will be up and running - this will enable the Capital Metro project to be 100 per cent green energy powered', he said.

"Mr Corbell said the successful bidder would also need to have measures in place to reduce the impacts of greenhouse gas emissions resulting during construction. 'This would include avoiding and reducing emissions through energy efficient construction practices as well as sourcing carbon offsets by investing in programs such as reforestation or renewable energy initiatives', he said. According to the ACT Government, Canberra has the highest car dependence of any major Australian city, with transport now being responsible for 25 per cent of the territory's greenhouse gas emissions. 'Light rail has the potential to greatly improve our city's liveability and sustainability by getting people out of their cars and onto public transport', Mr Corbell said. 'This will not only reduce our greenhouse gas emissions but also congestion and travel times'."



Note to self:  What is the Victorian Government doing about it's tram network and sustainable power supply?