Following the news a few weeks ago stating that the Netherland's national railway, had met its renewables target earlier than planned and have been running 100% on renewable Wind energy since 1st January.
Australia are now signalling their intent to do similar, but by investing in new solar farms to power Melbourne’s tram network.
I for one welcome this thinking, its about time we took the bull by the horns and do our upmost to address the situation. To turn our current and future infrastructure and transportation assets from the gas guzzling, coal burning monsters to a more sustainable solution.
Let's face it, the technology is already here. It just needs to be put into practice. Will the recent developments in the green automotive sector, mass urban transport needs to pick up the pace to still be considered the most effective sustainable solution for our urban centres.
The Australian state of Victoria is investing in new solar farms to power Melbourne’s tram network. Large solar plants capable of producing 75 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity will be built in the state by the end of 2018, leading to an estimated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of more than 80,000 tonnes a year. A tender for the construction of the plants will be launched in the first half of this year as part of the government’s target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Served by a fleet of more than 400 trams, Melbourne is often described as having the largest light rail network in the world. Around 35MW of the green electricity, the same amount as is used by Melbourne’s tram network, will be bought back by the state in the form of renewable energy certificates (RECs).