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The National Transport Commission’s recent report found the carbon emissions intensity of new light vehicles sold in Australia fell by just 2 per cent in 2021 despite battery electric vehicle sales tripling.

The Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity for New Australian Light Vehicles Report for 2021 has highlighted Australia’s struggle with emissions in the transport sector.

Transport contributes 18 per cent of Australia’s Co2 emissions with standard Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles making up the vast majority of the national fleet.

The National Transport Commission has found the sales of SUVs have risen by roughly 25,000 and ute sales increased by more than 43,000 while fewer choices for zero-emissions vehicles continue to hinder Australia’s ability to reduce transport related emissions.

“Australia has some catching up to do with other countries.”

“Today, battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles represent just 0.23 per cent of the nation’s 18.4 million cars and light commercial vehicles on our roads.

“According to the International Energy Agency (2022), 2.8 per cent of 2021 car sales in Australia were electric. Around the world, this figure was 17 per cent in Europe, 16 per cent in China, 5 per cent in the United States and 4.4 per cent in New Zealand,” The National Transport Commission’s website read.

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