A new report has revealed the potential for significant savings and community benefits by taking polluting vehicles off the road and replacing them with electric vehicles.
This is according to the Australian Conservation Foundation, which engaged accounting firm Deloitte to research the economic opportunities that come hand-in-hand with clean transport.
The foundation says the current approach to road transport will cost Australia $865-billion between 2022 and 2050.
Set a strong policy on electric vehicles
The report offers three scenarios, each of which are claimed to deliver notable savings while also dramatically improving the environment. The most ambitious of the scenarios indicates that $492-billion could be saved if there’s a complete transition to electric vehicles and increased usage of public buses by 2035.
“If Australian leaders are looking for ways to cut emissions this decade and are serious about reaching net zero by 2050, then setting strong policy on electric vehicles is a vital and practical solution,” the foundation’s Economy and Democracy Program Manager, Matt Rose, said.
“Australia is getting left behind when it comes to electric vehicles and it makes no sense when there are obvious savings to be made.
“Electric vehicles have proven technology to reduce emissions and make the air we all breathe cleaner. They should be an integral part of every government and businesses plan to reduce emissions and also be made affordable to all Australians,” he said.
Transport a major polluter in Australia
The Deloitte Access Economics modelling has been based off the cost to the Australian community from air pollution, noise pollution, water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
“Transport is a significant contributor to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, and we’re now at a real inflection point where we can realistically look at the benefits from a fast and complete transition to EVs in this country,” said Dr Eamon McGinn, Partner at Deloitte Access Economics and principal author of the report.
“The potential benefits for our economy of the market-led EV solution, in terms of less greenhouse gas emissions, less air and water pollution, and less vehicle noise are truly staggering – almost $500 billion over the next 30 years.”