On the Move Facts


Road traffic is responsible for about 13% of Australia’s carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Why go green?

Leaving your car at home just two days a week will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 725kg per year.

A litre of LPG contains less energy than a litre of petrol, so LPG consumption per 100 km is higher than petrol consumption for models that have LPG and petrol versions. However, it burns a lot cleaner than petrol, so emissions are lower. Why go green?

Hard acceleration and braking can waste fuel and lower your kilometres travelled by 33% on the highway and 5% around town. 


Diesel versions are usually more fuel-efficient than petrol versions of the same car model. However, they emit greater air pollution rating — the one-star list is entirely made up of diesel vehicles, mainly large 4WDs. Why go green?


Aviation contributes 2% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions and is expected to rise to 3% by 2050.

The number of passengers on Australian international flights increased to 22.3 million in 2006–07, up 4.7 per cent on the previous year. Growth is driven mainly by Australian residents travelling overseas rather than the arrival of international visitors. The number of international flights has also increased by 1.3 per cent to 119 271.

Freight on Australian international flights has continued to grow. The Sydney–Auckland route has the largest share (7.9%) of total freight between city pairs.

Australia’s domestic airline industry continues to operate at high levels with a record 45.3 million passengers carried in 2006–07, 6.0% higher than 2005–06.

Public Transportation

84% of those surveyed in a transport newspoll said they would support the building of more rail lines to reduce traffic congestion compared with just 38% supporting construction of more freeways.

Our motor vehicles produce 81% of those greenhouse gases attributable to transport, while public transport is the source of only 3%.

Bicycling & Walking

Walking is highly efficient - it rarely causes injury and it gives streets vitality and personal security. Many car trips are quite short, less than 2km, indicating that walking could be a feasible alternative and contribute to reducing the pollution from a cold-start vehicle travelling only a short distance.

40% of car trips in Metropolitan Melbourne are less than 3km (7 to 8 minute bike ride).

Did you know that if every vehicle owner in New South Wales drove an average of one kilometre less each day, we'd save up to 130 million litres of fuel every year?

Remember even replacing one return trip a week by bicycle can make a difference to the environment, your health and your hip pocket.

Bicycling and walking are not just recreational activities, but transportation options with many benefits for our health, community, and environment.

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