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Charging into a greener future

Our new electric vehicles, also known as Buzz, Flash, Sparky, Electra, Surge, Watt, Fuse, Volt and Lightning, are now charging up at all three of our health centres!  

In partnership with the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action through their EV Charging Stations for Business Fleet program, we are pleased to announce that the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at our three health centres is complete! 

Climate change poses a significant threat to our health and our planet. Healthcare in Australia makes up seven per cent of Australia’s total emissions, as a healthcare provider this means we have work to do. 

As part of our Climate Action Plan 2022-2026, we are working towards creating meaningful change for a greener, more sustainable future. The recent completion of the charging stations marks a great step towards our goal of zero net emissions by 2040 and our contribution to the overall wellbeing of our community. 

The Impact of Vehicle Emissions in Australia 

Australia, like many countries, faces a pressing issue with vehicle emissions. Transportation is a major contributor to air pollution, releasing harmful pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter. These pollutants have detrimental effects on air quality and public health, leading to respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases, and other health issues. 

Electric Vehicles (EVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions, reducing the air pollution that poses a threat to the health of our community members. 

The Benefit of Electric Vehicles on the Environment 

Unlike traditional fuel powered vehicles, EV’s run on electricity, which can be sourced from renewable energy, in our case, the charging stations are powered through the  electricity generated by our solar panels at our health centres. The environmental benefits of EV’s extend beyond just air quality improvements, they contribute significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, playing a pivotal role in the fight against climate change.  

The Need for Government and Community Collaboration 

While individual efforts are commendable, greater change can be achieved through collaboration. It is important that we create an environment where the widespread adoption of sustainable practices is achievable and accessible to organisations and individuals alike. Incentives for electric vehicle purchases, the development of charging infrastructure, and policies promoting clean energy are essential steps that can accelerate the shift towards a sustainable future. 

We are proud to be leading the way with our transition to EVs and hope this demonstrates the positive impact that can be achieved by adopting cleaner, more sustainable technologies. 

Together we can drive change and build future-proof infrastructure for generations to come.