Roadmaps for Transport Gains: National Net Zero Roadmap & Yarra Transport Action Plan

Canberra, ACT

Community consultation for a new Federal Government Transport and Infrastructure Net Zero Roadmap and Action Plan is underway, starting with a preliminary survey to gain an initial impression of public concerns and idea.

The short survey asks respondents to identify the greatest roadblocks to the decarbonisation of transport in Australia, and their ideas for most effective ways to achieve lower transport emissions.

Responses to the survey will help inform future stages of consultation for the roadmap and action plan, include a more formal submission process scheduled to start later this year.

The Transport and Infrastructure Net Zero Roadmap and Action Plan is part of the Federal Government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 43% below 2005 levels by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

In particular, it is intended to provide a clear strategy to reduce emissions across the transport and infrastructure sectors, while maximising economic and productivity opportunities and providing investors with future investment certainty.

“It will examine the potential pathways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 across all transport modes (light vehicle, heavy vehicle, aviation, maritime and rail), freight and supply chains, active transport planning, and supporting infrastructure,” according to the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts,

Australia’s transport sector is the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, amounting to 19% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in direct emissions.

Since 2005, greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 11% and are currently projected to be the largest source of CO2 emissions in Australia by 2030.

City of Yarra Action Plan

Melbourne’s City of Yarra is seeking community input on its draft Transport Action Plan, which is intended to guide the council’s decision on transport services up to 2033.

The council last month endorsed the draft to go on public exhibition in September and October.

The action plan outlines the actions City of Yarra will take to achieve the targets in its Transport Strategy adopted in July 2022, to “free up space on our streets, provide safe and fair access for everyone and have a positive impact on the environment”.

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