Decarbonising transport efficiently

The challenge

Various pathways to net zero transport are being explored – battery electric vehicles (including different options for recharging), hydrogen-based fuel cell electric vehicles, zero-emissions liquid fuels. The challenge is to find the most cost-effective replacements for 100% of projected future use of the Internal Combustion Engine through techno-economic evaluations of the options. This requires weighing the tonnes of CO2 reduced and other co-benefits against the costs if any (including negative externalities) of providing a menu of alternative strategies.


Why this research is valuable

Transport is responsible for about 20% of Australia’s emissions, and therefore the transition to net zero transport is essential if Australia is to achieve net zero emission by 2050. The research will develop the tools that will facilitate this transition at lowest cost.


Research themes

  • Develop a systematic approach to evaluate economic and environmental costs as well as benefits across technologies.
  • Conduct meta-analysis on existing literature to identify where evidence is strong.
  • Devise measures for evaluation where evidence is missing.
  • Use the new platform to evaluate proposed policies, plans, projects, enable it to be incorporated in standard public sector business cases for transport investment.


Want to know more?

This research will help to shape the future of sustainable travel. Click here if you want to know more or are interested in joining our research team.