Our focus on sustainability

At Yarra Trams, sustainability encompasses the social, environmental and economic factors that contribute to a sustainable future for the tram network. By taking a triple bottom line approach, we secure long-term value for our people, passengers, partners, the communities we serve and for the environment. Read our Sustainability and Environment Policy.

Yarra Trams is proud to be certified to the ISO 14001:2015 standard to ensure we achieve the intended outcomes of our environmental management system, which provides value for the environment and the organisation.

Sustainability highlights

Partnering with sustainable organisations

Photo: Fairtrade's striking tram, promoting a fairer future for children, women and climate.

The Yarra Trams Community Partnership Program provides in-kind advertising every year to community organisations supporting Victoria’s natural environment and working to improve employment security for disadvantaged and at-risk communities. In 2022, the six community organisations whose messages will be seen on the world’s largest tram network are Ability Works Australia, Bush Heritage Australia, Enable Australia, Fitted for Work, Good Cycles and YMCA ReBuild. 

We're proud to be supporting great not-for-profit organisations through the Yarra Trams Community Partnership Program - putting sustainability messages out on a moving billboard for Melbourne to see. 

Greening our depots

Photo: New energy-efficient lighting at our Essendon Depot.

We are continuing work to improve the environmental footprint of our depots.

In 2021, we delivered more energy efficient lighting by removing all fluorescent light fixtures and installing LED lighting to our tram stabling and maintenance sheds at Southbank, Glenhuntly, Malvern and Brunswick depots.

In 2022, as part of the Greener Government Buildings Program, we are beginning to roll out further LED upgrades, skylights to maximise natural lighting and solar systems to generate renewable energy.

End of year giving appeal

Photo: The Yarra Trams Brunswick Depot team with just some of our employees’ contributions to OzHarvest.

As part of our annual End-of-Year Giving Appeal, Yarra Trams' employees worked to combat food insecurity by collecting pasta, cereal and biscuits for local community organisation, OzHarvest.

Our employees are always eager to support the Appeal and 2021 was no different. In what was an exceptionally hard year, exacerbating the need for food relief assistance, Yarra Trams employees donated more than 500kg of food from across our 10 locations. We understand this was enough to prepare around 1000 meals to support vulnerable individuals and families in the 2021 festive season.

Other End-of-Year Giving Appeal community partners have included FareShare in 2018,Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in 2019 and FoodBank Victoria in 2020.

Greening our passenger vehicles

Photo: The passenger vehicles pictured are all recent hybrid deliveries and feature a Corolla Hybrid Hatch, a Camry Hybrid Sedan and a RAV4 Hybrid SUV - all supplied by Toyota.

Yarra Trams is committed to transitioning 100% of our passenger vehicles to hybrid by the end of 2022. The transition was completed ahead of schedule, with 100% of the hybrid vehicles arriving by May 2022.

Adapting to climate change

Photo: Yarra Trams' employees model summer safety PPE tips.

Climate change is already impacting Melbourne’s tram network. Longer and hotter summers pose risks to our passengers, employees, assets and operations. And we know that more changes in our climate will continue to present escalated challenges into the future.

At Yarra Trams we are adapting to climate change as part of our operational planning, and we have established a rigorous extreme weather plan to safely manage hotter and prolonged summer seasons.

Taking a long-term view, we are also implementing climate change mitigation initiatives to do our bit in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, aiding the State’s pledge for net zero emissions by 2050.

And by providing Melbourne with a sustainable transport option linked to renewable solar energy, we are proud to be supporting Melbourne more broadly in the fight against climate change.

Solar trams

Photo: Numurkah Solar Farm.

Melbourne’s tram network is now 100 per cent linked to renewable energy thanks to two Victorian solar farms.

With the opening of the Numurkah Solar Farm, which generates approximately 255,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable electricity, all trams on Melbourne’s iconic network are driving investment in renewables as part of the State Government’s Solar Trams Initiative.

This is part of a much larger picture for Melbourne, with the State Government’s leading Climate Change Strategy committing Victoria to net zero by 2050 and all government operations powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2025.