Melbourne: A partnership between Yarra Trams, Pacific Hydro and Sustainability Victoria has resulted in Australia's first GreenPowered tram.
The wind-powered tram is now running along Melbourne's busiest tram line, Route 96 from East Brunswick to St Kilda, which carries an estimated 12 million people each year and was recently ranked by National Geographic as one of the world's top 10 tram rides.
Wrapped in an eye-catching wind farm image, the tram also has interpretive materials on climate change and GreenPower throughout the interior with support advertising at tram stops and in electronic media.
GreenPower for the tram was purchased from one of Pacific Hydro's Victorian wind farms with enough bought to run the tram on renewable energy until the end of 2008.
At the launch of the initiative, Chief Executive Officer of Yarra Trams, Dennis Cliche said: “It is our vision that in the coming years Yarra Trams will be able to power a larger proportion of our fleet with green energy with the support of the State of Victoria and our parent companies."
Pacific Hydro’s Chief Executive Officer Rob Grant welcomed the initiative by Yarra Trams adding: “This is a great example of business leading the way and promoting sustainability”, said Mr Grant. “The wind tram makes an already sustainable form of mass transport even greener.”