An Australian transport decarbonisation strategy is critical to ensure everyday Australian households and businesses have more choice, pay less for transport, remain competitive, enjoy improved health outcomes, and can support the creation of Australian energy and related jobs.

Australia must take steps now to be able to capture these benefits and decarbonise all segments of transport to align with net zero by 2050 and interim emissions targets. The responsibility to achieve this outcome falls on all Australians. However, strong, consistent, and sustained government and industry action is required to enable this transition, and provide all Australians with clean transport options.

Targets: To assess the policies that will help us to reduce our transport emissions, and provide both transparency and accountability, we need clear decarbonisation targets for each transport segment which we can build on. The authors recommend the following targets:

  • Net zero transport sector emissions by 2050 (at the latest)
  • Net zero land transport by 2045 (at the latest)

Policies to accelerate the transition: This report details suggested policies that support the transition to net-zero emissions transport and ensure a liveable future in Australia. There is a policy checklist for each level of government included below.

Local government checklist: Local government action is critical to addressing transport emissions in our cities and local regions.

State / territory government checklist: State and territory governments can work together to move past the current patch-work approach and strive to help Australian households and businesses to make the most of the transport transition and ensure Australia stays connected.

Federal government checklist: The Australian federal government has an essential role to play to ensure the nation captures the significant economic opportunities that decarbonised transport can offer and ensure we remain competitive with our global peers.



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