Monash University researchers say the car is doomed

Monash University researchers are saying car travel must be cut by at least 80 per cent, road construction halted and public transport boosted if Australia is to have any hope of meeting carbon emission targets to avoid dangerous climate change.

In their soon to be published research paper, Mitigating greenhouse: Limited time, limited options, Associate Professor Damon Honnery and Dr Patrick Moriarty say that their analysis of available technical solutions has shown that the big emission cuts needed in the transport sector required “a near-total shift from the private car to public transport.”

The experts say Federal and State Governments should stop spending money building new arterial roads and focus on phasing-out cars, improving the energy efficiency of public transport and making people use it.

The car is doomed. Ultimately, we are going to have to move to a decentralised 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-motorised travel such as cycling and walking.

The researchers say the drastic changes they are proposing are needed if Australia’s transport sector is to meet the 2050 CO2 emission reduction targets advocated by the European Union and Government economic adviser, Professor Ross Garnaut.

An overseas trip might become a once in a life time experience rather than an annual event.

Source:  Monash University via ScienceAlert

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