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Eco-friendly technologies crucial to mitigate transportation emissions
Wed, 28th Feb 2024

The rise in transportation emissions is a pressing concern for Australia, with figures showing an increase of 22 per cent since 2005. As Australia's population continues to grow, demand for various modes of transport is on the rise. However, conventional means of transport, particularly those dependent on fossil fuels, are contributing substantially to transport emissions. Considering this, the Government is projected to allocate an average of over $100 billion per annum for the next 27 years to find a solution.

Luke Kelly, Managing Director of underwriting agency Fuse Fleet, emphasised the urgency of the situation, stating, "The alarming rise in transport emissions serves as a wake-up call for Australia. We must look to new eco-friendly technologies to mitigate these accelerated climbs of fossil fuels. Aussies must work together to reduce the environmental impact and create a more eco-friendly transportation system."

But hope lies in the innovative application of technology. The integration of sustainable technologies—ranging from using artificial intelligence (AI) for data-driven decision-making to incorporating renewable energy sources—paves the path for sustainabletransport.

Sustainability and AI can pair effectively in fleet management. Smart algorithms analyse driving patterns, provide real-time feedback to drivers, optimise routes, and enhance vehicle performance to foster fuel efficiency. By leveraging such advanced technologies, the way towards greener, more efficient transport systems becomes clearer.

Furthermore, the current era of big data opens opportunities for the transportation industry to make informed decisions that prioritise sustainability. By collecting and analysing extensive data, industry stakeholders can gain insights into trends, performance metrics, and improvement areas. This data-driven approach goes beyond just AI and can be used in various aspects such as infrastructure planning and the optimisation of energy consumption and emission reduction strategies.

The switch to sustainable transport also involves a reconsideration of energy sources. A recent study revealed increasing support for reduced transport emissions in Australia. In 2023, out of a total of 1,216,780 registered vehicles, 87,217 were electric. Harnessing renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power for charging electric vehicles offers significant potential in reducing the carbon footprint associated with the transport sector. Australia's vast landscapes offer ample opportunities for harnessing clean, renewable energy, thereby resolving concerns related to emissions and energy sourcing.

Adopting a circular economy model in the transport sector is also key to long-term sustainability. From production to end-of-life disposal, minimising waste and maximising resource utilisation can significantly reduce the industry's environmental footprint. Recycling materials, repurposing old vehicles, and implementing circular supply chains create a sustainable transportation ecosystem. By prioritising such circular economy principles, Australia can minimise emissions and foster a transport ecosystem that aligns harmoniously with the environment.

In facing the challenges of building a greener future, it is apparent that the future of Australian transportation lies in integrating sustainable technology. The road ahead may be tough, but it unequivocally leads to a more resilient and eco-friendly transport landscape for future generations.