- In 2006, transport was responsible for 13.7% or 79.1 Mt CO2-e of Australia’s total Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, making it the second largest GHG emitting sector (9).
- Commuting to work by foot or cycling is a viable option for many people in Sydney. 26% of car trips in Sydney are less than two kilometres and 51% are below five kilometres. The NSW Government, (2006) (10).
- Each year, air pollution from cars causes between 900 and 2,000 early deaths and costs between $1.5 and $3.8 billion. (Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics, 2005)(11).
- Currently Air transport contributes to a significant amount of the University’s total yearly Green House Gas emissions.
Comparison of GHG emissions from different tranpsort modes
9. Australian Greenhouse Office. Vol 2. Accessed Online at: http://www.environment.gov.au/settlements/gwci/transport.html
10. Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics, Health impacts of transport emissions in Australia: economic costs, 2005, Department of Transport and Regional Services, Canberra. Accessed Online at: http://www.btre.gov.au/docs/workingpapers/wp63/wp63.pdf
11. The NSW Government, (2006) Urban Transport Statement: Responding to the challenges of travel and transport within and across Sydney. Premiers Department, NSW Government.