SunLive – Funding for energy-efficiency infrastructure
Whakatāne District Council has efficiently secured funding to the tune of $63,000 from the Low Emission Automobiles Contestable Fund.
Designed to allow tasks that encourage the uptake of electrical automobiles and construct confidence within the buy of e-bikes, the Central Authorities fund is run by the Vitality Effectivity and Conservation Authority.
Whakatāne District Council will use the fund towards the acquisition of additional electrical automobiles, the set up of 5 on-site double cost stations to help an electrical pool fleet, guests and the general public, and likewise a safe lockup and charging website for ten employees e-bikes.
Council Common Supervisor Finance and Company Companies, Helen Barnes, says the federal government co-funding helps the Council’s local weather change ideas and follows different initiatives already applied.
“An power audit recognized that Council’s petrol and diesel consumption was contributing to greater than 12 per cent of our carbon footprint, so the choice was made to start changing the Council fleet with electrical automobiles.
“As with most pioneering know-how, the price of energy-efficient infrastructure is larger so attaining this funding is massively priceless.”
Sixty-seven functions to the fund have been acquired, and Whakatāne District Council’s undertaking was one in every of 24 that have been accredited.
Minister of Vitality and Assets, Dr Megan Woods says it was the primary time organisations might apply for co-funding to put in safe e-bike storage amenities to encourage their uptake.
“Demand for e-bikes is excessive, however we all know one barrier to common e-bike commuting is having someplace protected to retailer the bike.
“Decarbonising the transport sector represents an enormous alternative to scale back the nation’s emissions, and enabling individuals to shift to a unique transport mode performs a component in that.”
Whereas asserting the profitable tasks, Dr Woods famous that plenty of previously-funded ventures and spin-offs have hit the street in the previous couple of months, together with Foodstuffs launching the primary absolutely electrical refrigerated truck within the nation, a NZ Put up scheme to help its contract drivers to purchase electrical supply vans, and Bronchial asthma New Zealand shopping for EVs for its cellular nurses in an effort to scale back air air pollution.
“The Contestable Fund encourages innovation and funding to speed up the uptake of low emission automobiles in New Zealand. The success of previously-funded tasks exhibits that we will meet New Zealand’s transport wants throughout quite a lot of sectors, giving different organisations the boldness to make their very own investments.”
Barnes says set up of the charging stations and the e-bike facility will start subsequent month.
“Now we’ve acquired the funding, we’re desirous to progress this undertaking shortly as potential,” she says.
“We’ll actually advise our stakeholders when the charging stations are operational, so everybody can profit from the brand new know-how.”