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Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council



Annual Report 2010-2011 National Environment Protection Council

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National Environmental Protection Council annual report 2 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 173 W A D IE SE L V E H IC L E E M ISSIO N S Accreditation involves two modules, Fatigue and Vehicle Maintenance, which operators are required to incorporate into their daily work practices. Maintenance management encourages heavy vehicle operators to take responsibility for servicing their vehicles regularly and ensuring their vehicles are safe at all times. The standards for this module are identical to that required under the nationally endorsed NHVAS. Accredited operators must ensure their vehicles are maintained and meet all relevant safety standards. A record of the maintenance and servicing work done to each vehicle must be kept to prove the vehicles are safe at all times. Compliance and enforcement activities are key factors in ensuring effective and safe management of heavy vehicles on the road network. Transport inspectors in Western Australia are authorised by law to intercept and inspect vehicles for roadworthiness, load security and vehicle licencing conditions. Compliance also performs the important role of educating and working with the transport industry and other agencies and stakeholders to improve standards. Diesel vehicle retrofit programs The Western Australia Government, through DEC, is currently focusing on diesel vehicle emissions, primarily through the CleanRun RS program and community education programs. Other programs Communication delivery and community education A communication and community education campaign continues to be implemented under CleanRun. This campaign prompts community action in reducing emissions through highlighting the benefits of a wellmaintained vehicle and working with drivers to take on more environmentally-friendly driving habits. The CleanRun brand was developed to make the overall vehicle emission reduction program immediately identifiable and to facilitate the promotion of key Diesel NEPM messages in Western Australia. Web pages, posters, fact sheets and brochures are developed and produced to disseminate information on the CleanRun program. All of these documents continue to be made available on DECs website: www.dec.wa.gov.au/airquality. Attention continues to be focused on promoting key Diesel NEPM messages through activities such as the CleanRun Community Awareness Days as well as integrating learning materials with established community involvement programs such as AirWatch and TravelSmart. Behaviour Change Initiative A major initiative of the community education strategy is the CleanRun Behaviour Change Initiative (BCI). The CleanRun BCI aims to reduce diesel emissions through encouraging driver behaviour change. CleanRun worked with industry partners over 2009/10 to develop the CleanRun EcoDrive resource kit. Ecodriving incorporates a number of safer, smarter driving techniques that maximise fuel economy by operating the engine as efficiently as possible. CleanRun EcoDrive integrates the key learnings from the behaviour-change trial working with professional drivers during the pilot stage in 2007/08. CleanRun EcoDrive is essentially a do-it-yourself resource package for fleet operators who want to reduce fuel use and related emissions by working with drivers to make small changes to their driving habits. The package provides the resources to develop an ecodrive training program in-house, including driver training materials developed by experts in the transport industry. The ideal target market for this package is heavy vehicle fleets, such as transport companies; however, most ecodrive principles can be applied by all drivers. The point of difference of CleanRun EcoDrive is the provision of a framework to engage drivers in developing depotspecific ecodrive strategies. This draws heavily on proven social science research and change management theory. Its estimated that fleet operating organisations who implement the CleanRun EcoDrive program can reduce fuel use and related emissions by up to 10%. CleanRun EcoDrive was officially launched by the Western Australia Minister for Environment, the Hon. Bill Marmion MLA, on 25 May 2011. All resources will be available to download free-of-charge from DECs website: www.dec. wa.gov.au/airquality The CleanRun EcoDrive launch was attended by approximately 60 people including representatives from transport companies, training groups, media, interstate government transport departments and DSEWPC. Following the launch, CleanRun held an interactive workshop to introduce the resource kit, give assistance on getting started and to determine what ongoing assistance CleanRun should provide to help fleet operators implement this comprehensive resource. To date, CleanRun EcoDrive resources have been mailed to over 50 organisations and individuals who have requested a copy of the package since its launch date.

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