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New report tackles local transport decarbonisation issues

Climateworks Centre has released a report detailing a diverse plan on how to prevent the transport industry from becoming Australia’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases

Climateworks Centre has labelled transport as Australia’s third largest and fastest-growing source of emissions and has released its report on a credible plan to decarbonise the transport sector. 

The modelled decarbonisation scenarios use a ‘diverse solutions’ approach – citing ways to ‘avoid’, ‘shift’ and ‘improve’ to help ensure Australia plays its role in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius as outlined in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 2015 Paris Agreement. 

The Paris Agreement’s aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change my limiting global temperature rise and has been adopted by 196 parties since it came into force in November 2016. 

Climateworks Centre’s report asserts the transport sector currently constitutes 21 per cent of total emissions, and it set to out-emit electricity and agricultural industries by the end of the current decade. 

Road transport makes up 86 per cent of all transport emissions, with trucks and light commercial vehicles making up 42 per cent of Australia’s total transport emissions. 

A rapid uptake of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs) for light vehicles and trucks in tandem with the development and implementation of lower carbon fuels have been earmarked as two crucial pillars in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of the transport sector, with a diverse and multi-faceted approach required to help cover potential delays in the ZEV uptake. 

‘Credible’ has been defined as supporting emission reductions in line with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, using viable decarbonisation solutions on global best practice frameworks and contributing to better transport outcomes. 

Climateworks Centre’s ‘Decarbonising Australia’s transport sector: Diverse solutions for a credible emissions reductions’ full report is available here. 

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