Logan City Council has proven its environmental credentials after receiving a national accreditation for its fleet operations.
The Green Stamp program – run by the various Motor Trades Associations of Australia (MTAA) – was introduced into the automotive industry in 2005 to recognise businesses that demonstrate a commitment to good environmental practices.
Logan City Council has been given a level 3 accreditation under the program, meaning its Plant Fleet Services branch has shown continuous improvements and moved beyond legislative requirements.
City Treasury Chair, Councillor Trevina Schwarz, said more than 12 months of hard work had gone into meeting the Green Stamp criteria.
“The automotive industry is typically stereotyped as being ‘dirty’ or a ‘high polluter’, but Council staff have committed to making sure our day-to-day operations are the exact opposite,” she said.
The Motor Trades Association of Queensland has stringently audited our Marsden workshop to ascertain that we are doing what we say we do to minimise our environmental impact – and we’ve passed with flying colours.”
To achieve this accreditation, Council:
- services and maintains vehicles and plant to improve nitrogen oxide emissions output to ultimately improve air quality
- recycles industry wastes more effectively and efficiently
- has efficient spill management practices to prevent pollution of ground and stormwater systems
- is using less toxic chemicals
- has installed energy saving devices
- developed and implemented an environmental management plan to help monitor and review current practices and set objectives or targets for further improvement.
Cr Schwarz said the Green Stamp logo would soon be seen on Council vehicles to promote the accreditation to the community.
“This is another great achievement for our Council business, showing once again that we are an innovative and dynamic city of the future,” she said.