Clean transport

Phil Goff to prioritise clean transport, environment, climate change in next term 

In my second term as Mayor, I propose that: 

  • From 2020, Auckland Council will only purchase electric or hybrid passenger vehicles. Council cars tend to be highly used as they are part of a shared fleet. Therefore, each car we convert to electric or hybrid will have a compounding impact on reducing carbon emissions. 

Council’s current fleet optimisation plan, at my request, will see a reduction in fleet car numbers. It is expected that over the lifetime of this policy capital costs for electric and hybrid procurement will come down. With current pricing, this policy will cost between $6-6.5 million with higher capital costs more than offset by operating costs being cheaper. 

  • Auckland Transport accelerates converting Auckland’s bus fleet from diesel to electric. Currently Auckland Transport only operates 3 electric buses with plans for a dozen more over the next year. 

With buses emitting most of the carbon emissions coming from public transport, a progressive and rapid electrification will cut emissions as well as black carbon levels which are high in the middle of the city centre. 

While capital costs for electric buses can be much higher than diesel buses, operating costs are up to 50% lower. In order to reduce the capital costs, I have already started discussions with Government to extend its electric rebate scheme to buses. This additional support on capital costs will help us to bring forward the purchase of electric buses. 

  • We work with Government to accelerate the start of electrification of the trainline from Papakura to Pukekohe within two years. This will not only reduce our emissions but also eliminate the need for a transfer for those travelling between Pukekohe and Papakura. 
  • We work with Government on an action plan that would enable New Zealand to achieve key measures to reduce carbon emissions including: 

o Electrifying a third of cars on our roads before 2030, a goal achieved by Norway in 

  1. Raising pollution emission standards on new cars by 2030 to the levels set in Japan in 
  2. Improving car occupancy from an average level of occupancy of 1.5 now to 2 by 2030. 

Achieving these goals will be necessary for Auckland to reduce carbon emissions to levels required worldwide to keep global warming to 1.5 C 

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