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.
Melbourne’s tram network is now 100 per cent offset by renewable energy thanks to two Victorian solar farms.
With the recent opening of the Numurkah Solar Farm, which generates approximately 255,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable electricity, more than 400 trams on Melbourne’s iconic network are now carbon neutral as part of the State Government’s Solar Trams Initiative.
The emissions reduction delivered by Numurkah Solar Farm will be the equivalent of taking 75,000 cars off the road or planting 390,000 trees.
This all is part of a much larger picture for Melbourne, with the State Government committed to Victoria generating 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
Giving back with track to Werribee Zoo
It’s not very often that you can donate something to a new home, which will in fact build a new home.
Last November, maintenance works along Route 58 in Royal Park dug up over 600 metres of track which inevitably needed somewhere to go.
Instead of storing them away, there was word that Werribee Zoo needed resources like our tracks to expand their White Rhino and Elephant facilities.
Being synonymous with the Rhino, and always up for a sustainable solution, Yarra Trams pulled out all the stops to get the tracks to Werribee – which are now at the Zoo awaiting construction to begin.
Glen Holland, Director at Werribee Zoo, said “We’re moving the entire Elephant herd from Melbourne Zoo to a 22-hectare site at Werribee, as well as increasing our White Rhino breeding program.”
“We really appreciate the donation from Yarra Trams, which will help make these new facilities possible.”
Partnering with Indigenous organisations
As part of the Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program, we partnered with Charcoal Lane, a social enterprise and native Australian restaurant that provides training and cultural support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
One of our former community partners is The Torch, an organisation that provides vocational support in the arts to Indigenous offenders and ex-offenders in Victoria. The Torch aims to reduce the rate of reoffending by encouraging the exploration of identity and culture through art programs, and to define new pathways upon release.
The Yarra Trams Community Partnerships Program provides $1 million of free advertising value to community organisations across six partnerships each year. The theme of the program is supporting and celebrating diversity and inclusion in Melbourne.
Yarra Trams answers call of the gorillas
As part of our sustainability agenda, Yarra Trams encouraged our employees to donate their old mobile phones to help save gorillas facing extinction in Central Africa. Donation tubs were set up at all our depots, and plush toy gorilla prizes and zoo passes incentivised our people to dig deep into their drawers for old mobile phones.
Mobile phones use the metal coltan, which mainly comes from central Africa. Coltan mining has created deforestation and loss of gorilla habitat, putting the species under threat of extinction.
Recycling mobile phones through Zoos Victoria’s ‘They’re calling on you’ campaign reduces the demand for coltan, helps keep mobile phones from becoming landfill, and raises money for non-profit organisation Gorilla Doctors and Zoos Victoria’s conservation programs.
Depots dig deep for bushfire relief
In January and February 2020, big-hearted Yarra Trams employees rolled up their sleeves to fundraise to help those affected by the Victorian bushfires.
Employees held raffles, sausage sizzles and some spectacular bake stalls at depots across the tram network.
Our people raised thousands of dollars, with every dollar matched by Yarra Trams.