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Australia Researchers: Car Travel Must Be Cut by 80% to Meet GHG Targets

Car travel must be cut by at least 80%, road construction halted and public transport boosted if Australia is to have any hope of meeting carbon emission targets to avoid dangerous climate change, according to two professors at Monash University.

In a paper (“Mitigating greenhouse: Limited time, limited options”) to be published in the journal Energy Policy, the researchers say that their analysis of available technical solutions had shown that the big emission cuts needed in the transport sector required “a near-total shift from the private car to public transport.”
Our calculations show that not even the best combination of fuel efficiency, hybrid and electric cars, alternative fuels and car pooling could provide the reductions needed to meet the 2050 targets for avoiding dangerous climatic change.

The car is doomed. Ultimately, we are going to have to move to a decentralized society where most people need to travel far less. People are going to have to fundamentally change the way they think about travel and make much more use of non-motorized travel such as cycling and walking.

—Associate Professor Damon Honnery


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