Dubbo transport company first to be certified carbon neutral

Dubbo trucking company, Transforce Bulk Haulage, has become the first heavy transport operator in Australia to be certified carbon neutral under the National Carbon Offset Standard.

Company principal Steve Fieldus, a third generation transport operator, said going carbon neutral had involved changing the business's whole attitude towards carbon emissions.

Mr Fieldus, who is passionate about improving perceptions about the trucking industry, said the move to make his business more sustainable for the long haul was an expensive exercise, but one he feels is well worth it. “It will take us a few years to recoup the money we’ve spent, but eventually we’ll come out in front,” Mr Fieldus said.

“The guys in the transport industry have been asking me why I got into it. I care about how our company is positioned in the next 10 or 15 years and the impact it will have on the environment – and obviously I want a better world for my kids.”

Transforce, which carries agricultural products, organic waste and recyclable materials, has a fleet of 11 trucks, five of which it owns plus six are owned by contractors.

Certification has been obtained through Low Carbon Australia, which is the Australian Government's certifier for carbon neutrality against the National Carbon Offset Standard.

Low Carbon Australia's CEO Meg McDonald congratulated Transforce on its achievement and on having the foresight to act now to make a difference. “Our program is a voluntary one, and the organisations who participate are actively demonstrating to others what can be accomplished through improving their sustainability,” Ms McDonald said.

Transforce’s newly branded Kenworth B-Double is the first truck in Australia to carry the distinctive green and white certification Carbon Neutral trademark.

Transforce has assessed every aspect of its operation to minimise emissions including adopting procedures for the recycling of engine oil and used tyres, as well as putting an incentive scheme in place for drivers to use less fuel.

In addition to changing the fleet to the latest in Euro V engines, Transforce will be examining the prospect of using biodiesel in the near future.
The company’s efforts have significantly reduced its carbon emissions and in order to achieve full carbon neutrality, Transforce purchases carbon credits to offset those remaining emissions that it cannot physically prevent. Steve Fieldus looks forward to when he will be able to purchase carbon offset credits from local primary producers.

Mr Fieldus was formally presented with Carbon Neutral Certification at the Carbon Farmers Conference held in Dubbo, by The Honorable Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change.

“It’s also a case of if we don’t start cleaning up after ourselves, it’s going to cost us a lot of money in the future,” Steve Fieldus concluded.

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