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NSW government releases ‘net zero emissions policy’ for freight

The NSW Government has this week released a new net zero emissions policy for heavy road and rail freight.

Freight accounts for 25 per cent of total transport greenhouse gases in NSW, and demand is projected to rise by 34 per cent by 2061.

The Towards Net Zero Emissions Freight Policy focuses on reducing the carbon footprint created by heavy road vehicles and rail freight.

According to the NSW government, the new policy will see it “work together with industry to support the transition to low and zero emission technologies, and to ensure our transport network is ready to adapt as technology and solutions evolve.”

Premier Chris Minns says the new policy is an important step towards achieving net zero, while working constructively with industries.

“Reducing freight emissions requires a genuine partnership between government and industry. We’re always going to need a freight sector to get the essentials from A to B, so we need to make sure our freight industry is sustainable over the long term,” he said.

The first step involves a two-year trial to give extra mass zero emission heavy vehicles, which weigh more due to their batteries, access to the state road network, so that operators can invest in the technology without sacrificing payloads.

Minister for Transport Jo Haylen said, “Many freight operators are natural innovators and are already investing in low emission technologies.

“This isn’t just about cutting emissions and protecting our environment, it’s also about strengthening our economy through driving innovation, creating jobs and increasing competitiveness.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison added, “The NSW Government recognises the unique challenges for regional, rural and remote freight operators in achieving net zero. By working directly with industry we will be able to support them in accessing this innovative technology and ensure regional operators can access the benefits of the transition.”

An online comparison tool has also been developed to support the transition, providing a free resource for the freight industry to source accurate information on the cost and environmental benefits of low and zero emission vehicles.

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