We will continue to focus on long-term partnerships with organisations that share our focus on sustainability, so working with suppliers such as WWL.
Brisbane City Council has been awarded the Australian Lung Foundation’s inaugural Green Leaf Award for its new Volvo B7RLE buses. The chassis for these environmentally friendly vehicles have been shipped from Sweden to Australia by WWL.
The prestigious Green Leaf Award recognises Brisbane City Council’s use of Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicles (EEVs) and the key role they play in improving air quality in the city. Lord Mayor Campbell Newman says the 196 buses already ordered from Volvo and local bus bodybuilder Volgren use “clean diesel technology”, which enables Volvo’s diesel engines to achieve emissions that are lower than, or equivalent to, those of natural gas buses.
He emphasises that the new Volvo B7RLE buses comply not only with the strict emission standards enforced in Australia but also with the even more stringent European demands. They will therefore help ensure that Brisbane’s air quality is maintained despite the city’s rapid growth.
“Volvo Bus was first to the Australian market with EEV standard vehicles and now partners with Brisbane Transport, the State Transit Authority in Sydney and the PTA in Perth,” comments Volvo Bus Australia’s General Manager, David Mead. “Knowing that our vehicles are making a positive contribution to the general air quality in our major cities is extremely rewarding.”
David Mead adds that the Volvo Group - which has once again been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, listing the 300 highest-ranked companies in the world on the basis of their ability to create sustainable value - remains committed to its pursuit of strategic sustainability efforts.
“We will continue to focus on long-term partnerships with organisations that share our focus on sustainability, so working with suppliers such as WWL, operators such as Brisbane Transport and other industry partners with a focus on the environment, is key to Volvo’s future,” he says.
In 2011 WWL will transport around 300 Volvo bus chassis from Gothenburg, Sweden, to the Australian ports of Fremantle, Melbourne and Port Kembla, with similar volumes forecast for 2012.