Busway wins environment award

A Brisbane busway has won a prestigious transport award for environmental sustainability, making it a bus and coach double at the CILTA awards

Busway wins environment award
Busway wins environment award

By David Goeldner | November 4, 2010

Brisbane’s Busway network kicked another goal recently, taking out a national environment award for its northern busway.

Awarded by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA), the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital to Windsor link of the busway network won the Excellence Award in Environmental Sustainability, sponsored by Volvo.

A TransLink spokesman says the busway’s station at the RBH is Brisbane’s ‘greenest’, generating its own electricity through a series of 80 solar panels on the station roof.

"Each day the solar system generates about 78 kilowatts an hour to offset peak power demand to save energy costs," the spokesman says.

This electricity is pumped back into the grid.

He adds the solar system can supply about 15 percent of the busway station’s daily power usage which is estimated to save $5 a day or more than $1800 a year in power costs.

"Rainwater tanks, with a holding capacity of 91,000 litres collect water for irrigation, bathroom facilities and cleaning."

The station also features the RBWH Cycle Centre, designed to harness natural ventilation and lighting and features drought resistant landscaping.

CILTA Chairman Howard Croxon says the awards recognise and promote excellence within the transport and logistics industry.

"It puts our finalists and winners on a platform to acknowledge what they have achieved," Croxon says.

Also winning a CILTA award, held in Sydney last week, was Forest Coach Lines which won the Large Business Customer Service award.

Sponsored by Qantas Freight, Forest Coach Lines won their award from a hot field including My Freight Career, LOSCAM, Adelaide Airport Ltd and Australian Air Express.

Croxon says logistics and transport providers will get another opportunity to showcase their innovations at CILTA’s International Convention in May 2011, also in Sydney.

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