05 August 2021
New electric tools and e-bikes are helping staff at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve carry out work more easily while reducing carbon emissions.
The new electric chainsaws, line trimmers, pole-saws and leaf blowers are quieter and lighter than petrol driven counterparts, while being powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity.
Director of the ACT Parks and Conservation Service Daniel Iglesias said the Tidbinbilla rangers have been overwhelmingly supportive of the change.
“As you can imagine, we’re very passionate about the environment and the work we do and it’s important that we can balance that passion with tools that can do the job,” Mr Iglesias said.
“What we’ve seen so far are battery powered tools are fit for purpose and are actually better than their petrol-powered alternatives in many cases.”
The change came after the Tidbinbilla rangers swapped over to a range of battery powered tools as part of a four-week trial earlier this year. The trial was a major success with most tools proving they could do the job just as well or even better.
A new 12-month trial is now underway to investigate how these tools could be rolled out across the Parks and Conservation Service. This will include monitoring factors such as battery life over the longer term.
Two new all-terrain mountain e-bikes are also being added to the fleet, with the new e-bikes providing rangers with a zero-emission alternative to diesel vehicles for short-
Learn more about the ACT’s commitment to reducing emissions from government operations on the Zero Emissions Government website.