DM Roads is driving sustainability in South Australia with the introduction of the first full electric vehicle to the DM Roads fleet.

While having all the functionality of a hybrid or petrol vehicle, the Hyundai Ioniq generates zero emissions making it a more environmentally friendly and sustainable alternative.

SA Contracts Manager Tim Stanford said the national first demonstrated the team’s commitment to making operations more sustainable. 

“We are working to reduce our CO2 emissions by making small but impactful changes across the business,” Tim said.

“The arrival of our first electric vehicle helps us to meet our obligations with our customer but also demonstrates our broader commitment to protecting our environment and future proofing our planet.”

The South Australian team, who deliver road maintenance in the metropolitan and regional north of South Australia as well as state-wide ITS services, have just commenced the process to secure an IS Ops Rating from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA).

“This process will enable us to take a really good look at how we do things and explore whether we can do them more safely, efficiently and sustainably,” Tim said.

“We are examining everything from office waste to how we can assist in providing sustainable communities.

“The introduction of the yet to be named electric vehicle might be the first step in this process but it certainly won’t be the last, which is really exciting.”

Climate change was identified by the Downer Group as one of the top issues facing the organisation with the potential to impact future business in the Sustainability Report 2020.