What should national transport policy look like if we are to create a better, climate-resilient transport system in Australia?
Transport is the third largest and fastest-growing source of emissions in Australia and we are lagging behind the world in decarbonising and transforming the sector. The good news is there are increasing efforts from businesses, communities and government to achieve a zero-emissions transport sector.
Recent analysis highlights increasing recommendations for the most strategic and innovative ways to decarbonise the transport sector. Approaches range from EV purchase incentives and sales targets, procurement and regulation work, as well as incentives and investment in public and active transport. In Australia, policies to electrify and diversify private passenger vehicles have been the most common focus to date. However, there is increasing attention on policies to encourage walking and cycling, and on shifting to zero-emissions buses, electric trucks and freight vehicles.
Panellists discussed policy interventions available to create a better, zero-emissions transport system in Australia.
Refer to the transport scoping study summary and Prof. Newman's article on enabling all modes of electric vehicles for further information.