Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007
Parks Australia Environmental Performance
EN3: Direct energy use segmented by primary source: transport energy use
- Review transport energy consumption and consider options for reducing consumption in two parks by June 2006
- Review processes for monitoring vehicle use in the parks by 2005-06
Performance 2005-06 and trends
In 2005-06, Parks operated 130 passenger and commercial vehicles under 3.5 tonnes, 67 quads, motorbikes and ride-on mowers, 5 trucks, and 38 tractors and similar working vehicles. Total diesel consumption for vehicles in 2005-06 was 410 352 litres or 15 840 GJ (361 354 litres or 13948 GJ for passenger and commercial vehicles). In 2004-05 total diesel consumption was 447 356 litres (17 268 GJ). Vehicle diesel consumption was 8% less in 2005-06 than in 2004-05.
Total petrol consumption for vehicles in 2005-06 was 76 975 litres or 2633 GJ (53 789 litres or 1840 GJ for passenger and commercial vehicles). In 2004-05 total petrol consumption was 101 667 litres (3477 GJ). Petrol consumption in vehicles has dropped 24% between 2004-05 and 2005-06.
Total consumption of Avgas for use in small aircraft was 10 265 litres (340 GJ), compared to 14 546 litres (481 GJ) in 2004-05, a reduction of 29% due to a slight reduction in helicopter use and more shifting to contracts that include fuel. Total consumption for Aviation Turbine Fuel was 500 litres (18 GJ).
|Parks site||Diesel: passenger and commercial vehicle use||Diesel: special vehicle use||Petrol: passenger and commercial vehicle use||Petrol: special vehicle use||Avgas||Avtur|
|Australian National Botanic Gardens||0||0||4884||188.5||1175||40.2||5563||190.3|
|Booderee National Park||55 490||2141.9||29 966||1156.7||18 884||645.8||0||0|
|Christmas Island National Park||23 724||915.8||4187||161.6||831||28.4||762||26.1|
|Kakadu National Park||221 173||8537.3||0||0||25 135||859.6||15 667||535.8||10 265||339.8|
|Norfolk Island National Park and Botanic Garden||0||0||5100||196.9||1470||50.3||0||0|
|Pulu Keeling National Park||696||26.9||4861||187.6||0||0||1194||40.8||500||18.4|
|Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park||60 271||2326.5||0||0||0||0||5100||174.4|
|Total||361 354||13 948||48 998||1891.3||53 789||1839.6||28 886||987.9||10 265||339.8||500||18.4|
|Park||Diesel ($)||Petrol ($)|
|Booderee||29 162||29 162|
|Kakadu||156 890||133 477|
|Totals||279 953||181 694|
Odometer and log book records were not accurately maintained in 2005-06, so it is not possible to report actual kilometres travelled by Parks vehicles. It is estimated that Parks passenger and commercial vehicles travelled a distance of 2 892 332 kilometres in 2005-06. In 2004-05, Parks passenger vehicles travelled 2 076 391 kilometres, 1% less than the 2 866 918 kilometres travelled in 2005-06.
Neither transport energy use nor processes for monitoring vehicle use in Parks were reviewed in 2005-06.
The total cost to Parks of transport fuels in 2005-06 was $461 647.
The anti-sniffing Opal fuel did not arrive at Parks sites in 2005-06 and was not used by Parks during that period.
Parks owns and operates a large fleet of passenger vehicles, mostly 4WD because of the location and terrain of parks, and nature of work carried out in the parks. There is also a range of other work vehicles including quad bikes, trucks, and tractors. Park management also requires the use of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters from time to time for park management activities such as surveys, search and rescue operations, fire fighting and feral animal control.
Because of the nature of work in remote localities, and the need to respond to a range of daily issues, opportunities to reduce fuel consumption are limited. However, in some parks there has been a review of type of vehicles required with a move, where possible, to vehicles which are more fuel-efficient. Included in the fuel consumption figures is diesel and petrol also currently supplied to external providers contracted to undertake services in Booderee National Park.
- Review transport energy consumption and consider options for reducing consumption in two parks by June 2007
- Review processes for monitoring vehicle use in the parks by 2006-07
- Trial the use of biodiesel in Kakadu National Park (South Alligator Region) by June 2007.
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