Case study: Low-emissions buses across Queensland

Transport South East Queensland (North)

The Queensland Government’s Zero Emissions Vehicle Strategy is accelerating Queensland toward a cleaner, greener transport future while making sure the state’s energy network supports the transition to zero net emissions.

New buses added to the South East Queensland fleet will be zero-emission from 2025.

Australia’s first 100% electric bus depot, located in Currumbin, is now open and home to 14 electric buses servicing the Gold Coast and surrounds. Built by Kinetic (owner of Surfside Buslines), the depot is powered entirely by renewable energy, including a 56-kilowatt solar panel array. Each bus is expected to mitigate 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions across its lifetime, at the same time reducing noise and pollution in the community.

In other clean public transport news:

  • The Kinetic-owned Sunbus has delivered five new electric buses for the Sunshine Coast and five for Cairns.
  • The Gold Coast-based BusTech has built 10 electric buses for Clarks Logan City.
  • Hornibrook Bus Lines is rolling out 16 electric buses based at its North Lakes depot in Brisbane.
  • Mackay Transit Coaches will run a 12-month trial of two state-of-the-art bioethanol-fuelled buses, running on bioethanol fuel produced from locally-grown sugarcane.

The growth of eco-friendly bus fleets means new technology, new skills and new employment opportunities as Queensland moves towards its zero emissions targets. Replacing internal combustion engine vehicles with zero emission vehicles reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves urban air quality, and supports industry and the energy sector to create more sustainable jobs.

Find out more about how organisations in your sector can take climate action as part of Queensland’s transition to a resilient low-carbon economy.