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Offset your Hybrid and Electric Vehicles with Greenfleet

Greenfleet has launched a hybrid and electric vehicle offset to enable businesses and individuals to offset the carbon emissions associated with these vehicles.

Around the world, the growing availability of electric vehicles (EVs) is leading to exciting changes for fleet management and is impacting the individual consumer market. Globally, “there was a 56% increase from 2016 to 2017 in sales volumes and there are now more than 3 million electric vehicles on the road”.[1] In Australia, Roy Morgan Research states that, “more than half (52.2%) of Australian drivers would now “seriously consider” purchasing a hybrid vehicle and 36.2% have expressed interest in fully electric vehicles.”[2]

At Greenfleet, we want to support your transition to EV and hybrid vehicle ownership, while continuing to enable practical action on our climate and environment.

As a result of our close work with fleet managers, Greenfleet has been developing the option of a carbon offset for hybrid and electric vehicles. In 2016, 64% of Australia EV sales were business sales.[3] In the last 12 months, several of our business supporters have also expressed interest in both EV and hybrid carbon offsets - a clear sign of willingness to take an industry leadership position on climate action and of a slow, yet certain market shift.

A key benefit of both EVs and hybrid vehicles is their potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to transport. However, Australia’s electricity grid has a long way to go until it is completely powered by renewable energy. This means the method by which drivers recharge their vehicles will impact emission outcomes. Greenfleet has identified an increasing need to offset the tailpipe emissions of plug-in hybrid vehicles and any charging emissions from non-renewable energy sources.

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering two new carbon offset products designed for businesses and households: an electric vehicle (EV) offset and a hybrid vehicle offset.

Our new Electrical Vehicle Offset is based on offsetting the carbon emissions of a passenger vehicle charged from non-renewable electricity. It recognises that – while we hope our energy sources will transform in Australia - renewable energy charging options currently remain limited for many businesses and households. 

Our Hybrid Vehicle Offset is designed for plug-in hybrids and is based on offsetting the tailpipe emissions of a hybrid vehicle (based on Euro 5 & Euro 6), plus the emissions related to charging from non-renewable energy sources.

Both carbon offset products are designed to support businesses and individuals to achieve carbon emissions reduction. However, note that carbon emissions relating to the actual manufacturing process (known as “lifecycle emissions”) and battery disposal have not been included.[4]

As per all our carbon offset services, Greenfleet will plant enough native trees to capture the estimated amount of carbon emissions associated with the vehicle over a 12-month period.  Your carbon offset directly supports native reforestation projects across Australia and New Zealand. Our forests are protected for up to 100 years and capture carbon emissions to reduce climate damage, support plant and animal biodiversity, improve soil and water quality, and restore crucial habitat for native wildlife.

Wayne Wescott, CEO Greenfleet, states; “Given the developing EV/Hybrid market in Australia, adding new offset opportunities for these vehicle types is a logical step. Greenfleet is ahead of the game in offering these new products to its supporters and we’re excited to be able to service this highly important, growing market.”

To offset your hybrid or electric vehicle's carbon emissions, please offset online at www.greenfleet.org.au/offset or contact Greenfleet’s Partnerships Manager (partnerships@greenfleet.com.au).

 

Additional Information about Greenfleet’s new Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Carbon Offsets

Which carbon offset should I choose?

  • Pure electric vehicles (EVs) charged entirely by renewable electricity such as wind power, hydropower, geothermal or solar are emission free. There are no charging-related CO2 emissions and no tailpipe COemissions as they don’t pollute the air by burning fuels. Hence, there is no need to offset your vehicle if you are certain to be recharging from renewable energy only. 
  • EVs charged from non-renewable electricity should be carbon offset through Greenfleet’s new EV Offset, as the energy source itself emits carbon during electricity generation. This is the case for any grid electricity sources that burn fossil fuels, including coal, petroleum and natural gas. Carbon is the main element in fossil fuels and your EV Offset will plant enough trees to absorb the average emissions associated with recharging from non-renewable electricity sources.
  • Plug-in hybrid vehicles also use traditional fuel sources, even though usage is less than conventional internal combustion cars. For hybrid vehicle owners who rely on both battery power and fuel, we recommend the Hybrid Offset. If you are a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) owner who mainly drives on battery power, we suggest that you select the EV offset.
  • For more information on the different types of hybrid cars, you can find detailed information on the Australian Government's Green Vehicle Guide site.[5]

What data is Greenfleet’s EV Offset and Hybrid Offset based on?

  • Our EV Offset is based on planting enough native trees to capture 1.7 tonnes CO2-e, the average emissions from charging from non-renewable energy sources in one year.  
  • Our Hybrid Offset is based on planting enough native trees to capture 3  tonnes  CO2-e, the emissions produced from the tailpipe and charging from non-renewable sources in one year. 
  • Greenfleet has also assumed an average car travel distance of approximately 14,000 km per annum[6].
  • 104 vehicles types listed fit the criteria of Pure Electric or Hybrid (GVG Dec 2018).
  • Vehicles can be segmented into three tailpipe emissions/air pollution standard categories (Pure EV, Euro 5 Hybrid, Euro 6 Hybrid).[7]
  • Car manufacturers include: Tesla, Lexus, Nissan, Toyota, Hyundai, Infiniti, Mercedes, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Porsche, BMW, Audi, Renault, Honda, Volvo.
  • Car types include: Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon, Coupé, SUV and Van.
  • Commercial vehicles (e.g. trucks, buses) have been not be included in the above offset estimates, but please contact us for assistance if this is of interest.

For further reading please refer to:


[1] International Energy Agency (2018)
[2]http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/7826-motor-vehicle-fuel-trends-201812140501
[3]https://www.climateworksaustralia.org/sites/default/files/documents/publications/state_of_ev_june2017.pdf
[4]“Various studies of the lifecycle energy use and emissions of conventional, hybrid and electric vehicles report that the majority of energy consumed (and associated greenhouse gas emissions) over a vehicle's normal lifecycle occurs during its operational (use) phase, and not from its production, nor the embodied energy in the materials from which it is made." https://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/pages/Information/LifecycleEmissions
[5] https://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/
[6] The GVG advised that the average distance driven by LPG/CNG/dual fuel/hybrid and other vehicles in 2016 was 22,800 km. This would be somewhat influenced to the wider adoption of gas and (non-plug-in) hybrid vehicles (such as the Toyota Camry Hybrid) by taxi fleets. As most motorists drive around 35 – 70 km per day and the average range of electric vehicles is currently around 100 – 150 km, Greenfleet has used an average distance of 14,000 km for non-commercial vehicles.
[7] Euro 1,2,3,4,5,6 are European emission standards which define the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of new vehicles sold in the European Union and EEA member states. Australian vehicle emission standards largely reflect international standards developed through the United Nations World Forum for the harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations. These standards form the basis of vehicle emission standards adopted in Europe and many other countries and are commonly known as the "Euro" standards. Emissions standards are important to improve air quality and reduce the effects of air pollution. 

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