Fifty-five percent of Ōtaki’s energy use goes on transport fuels. It is perhaps the hardest nut to crack in terms of reducing energy use. One of the most positive ways is to provide local people with as many ways as possible to reduce their use.
A key approach is advocacy for pubic transport services and undertaking small projects which can make a real local difference.
At the same time, the community can work with clean technology businesses that are exploring alternative fuels, or transition opportunities to reduce fossil fuel use by making use more efficient and less polluting. Over the last five years e-vehicles have become a very real option as their range and efficiency has increased.