Victorian business community attitudes towards transport energy efficiency

This study reveals some of the factors that currently influence transport management in Victorian businesses and identifies barriers to improvements in transport energy efficiency. A cross-section of seventeen businesses were surveyed with a view to recommending changes in business practice and government policy which would realise opportunities for energy savings. The businesses investigated either owned substantial vehicle fleets or were dependant on the transport of goods for their incomes. The nature of the transport tasks performed was found to be a key determinant of the objectives established for transport management and hence attitudes towards energy efficiency. Transport energy efficiency measures were rejected if they were perceived to increase the cost or compromise the achievement of primary transport management objectives. There would therefore appear to be significant scope to promote energy efficiency in terms of the transport management objectives articulated by businesses themselves. It is critical that government initiatives which promote efficiency measures are appropriately targeted and designed to be relevant to the transport tasks performed by different businesses. The results of this study suggest that particular attention should be paid to the manner in which large companies are compartmentalized, whether transport managers are internal or external, the compatibility of measures with transport management objectives, and economic constraints. The findings of this study indicate that the barriers to energy efficient business transport are largely social, economic and technical in nature. They relate to issues of land-use planning, infrastructure investment, intermodal competition, suspicion of new technologies and practices, information gaps and the availability of alternative technologies.


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  • Pagination: 29p

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  • Accession Number: 01433474
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 085802103X
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:42PM