A study of the potential for energy conservation within the light commercial vehicle fleet shows that there has been limited adoption of energy saving measures. Whilst nearly a third of the companies surveyed have undertaken energy conservation measures, these are largely technically simple ad hoc actions and are not undertaken as part of a coordinated energy management program. However, despite the relatively limited conservation progress, the study shows that the majority of companies surveyed believe that energy conservation can help reduce operating costs and increase profitability. It is clear that there is considerable potential for energy conservation in the transport sector, and that there are compelling financial benefits to be derived by its practice. However, the study identifies a number of important barriers that will need to be removed before there is likely to be widespread industry interest in energy conservation. The main concerns identified include: 1) perceived lack of government commitment to energy conservation both in the absence of specific financial incentives and changeable energy pricing policy. 2) lack of management time and manpower to even think about energy conservation, let alone collect information on and assess energy conservation measures. 3) absence of relevant and useful information and advisory services to help inform industry on which energy conservation measures would be appropriate for their fleet situation. A number of recommendations are made to government that are directed at removing the identified barriers to energy conservation. In essence, it is recommended that the governments develop more appropriate conservation information and advisory services that reflect industry expectations. The study also shows which market sectors have the greatest potential for significant energy savings. (TRRL)

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    Australian Dept of Primary Industries and Energy

    GPO Box 858
    Canberra, A.C.T. 2601,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • West, J
    • SKENE, P
  • Publication Date: 1987-5

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  • Accession Number: 00491516
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0-642-12552-X
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1990 12:00AM