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Greenfleet Supporters win 2017 AfMA Awards

Greenfleet Supporters win 2017 AfMA Awards

Congratulations to Greenfleet Supporter, Churches of Christ in Queensland, for its outstanding contributions within the fleet sector and for receiving the AfMA 2017 Fleet Environment Award. We’re proud that their partnership with Greenfleet has contributed to this industry-wide recognition of their great environmental commitments.

Under the leadership of Group Manager Procurement, Fleet and Sustainability Richard Schuster, the organisation set out to strengthen their commitment to the environment from its fleet through a variety of successful initiatives.

"As a Christian organisation believing that God created this world and put humans in charge of caring for it, it was agreed that we could do a lot better job in our caretaker role," Mr Schuster said.

"Caring for people extends further than just caring for their immediate needs, it means ensuring that their future on this planet, and their children’s future, is not only assured, but is improved in terms of quality."

It is through this vision that Churches of Christ in Queensland has, among other measures, introduced electric vehicles to its fleet, installed telematics to vehicles to provide data analysis, made use of start-stop technology to reduce fuel consumption in congested urban driving conditions, and offset over 1,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide through planting 7,000 native trees with Greenfleet.

The wide changes within the organisation have also seen a commitment to purchasing, wherever practicable, vehicles that meet the following carbon dioxide emissions targets: Passenger vehicles: 150 grams/km or better; Light commercial vehicles: 240 g/km or better.

"The fleet sustainability strategy is a combination of both, reducing and offsetting fleet carbon emissions, as well as contributing to broader environmental outcomes across Queensland."

"In addition to adding electric vehicles to the fleet, we have focused on opportunities to charge those vehicles from renewable sources – predominantly solar energy," he said.

Joined by Greg Jensen and Shannon Townsley, the Churches of Christ in Queensland fleet team boasts a combined total of 73 years’ experience, which has assisted the organisation to become a "shining light" of sustainability. In recent years, overall emissions have dropped from 224 g/km to 182 g/km, with the organisation committed to a sustainable environmental policy for the long haul.

"Through deliberate intervention, tightening of fleet policy, and the support of senior management, the make-up of our fleet has changed substantially over recent years," Mr Schuster said.

"Planned reductions for the next two years are seven per cent per annum. This will see the average g/km drop to 170g/km in 2017/18 and a figure of 158g/km in 2018/19."

In May, 7,000 trees were planted to offset Churches of Christ in Queensland’s carbon emissions. As they grow, these native forests capture carbon pollution from the atmosphere, provide vital habitat to native wildlife, conserve biodiversity and generate resilience to climate change in the landscape.

Mr Schuster has been a long-term believer in the benefits of offsetting vehicle emissions through partnership with Greenfleet. In his acceptance speech at the AfMA awards, he proudly noted that his proposal, at a time when he was part of the senior leadership team of Telstra’s fleet, to join with Greenfleet has resulted in over 1,300,000 native trees planted throughout Australia.

There has been a very positive response from staff to the fleet initiatives by the team. When Richard Schuster presented on sustainability to the annual Churches of Christ in Queensland conference event last November, a large number of staff expressed interest in the Greenfleet initiative and the move to incorporate EVs into the fleet.