About NTC / News / Media releases

Australian motorists are continuing to choose more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient cars according to an analysis released today by the National Transport Commission (NTC).

More Australians choosing fuel efficient cars to cut costs and reduce emissions

24 May 2014
Australian motorists are continuing to choose more environmentally friendly and fuel efficient cars according to an analysis released today by the National Transport Commission (NTC).
 
CEO of the NTC Paul Retter said the average annual carbon dioxide emissions rating of new passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles fell to 192 grams per kilometre travelled last year – the third highest drop since records started being kept in 2002.

“Whether Australians are trying to cut their fuel bills or are trying to help reduce their carbon emissions, more and more families are choosing more fuel-efficient vehicles,” Mr Retter said.

“Cars and light commercial vehicles are responsible for 10 per cent of Australia’s carbon emissions. However, Australian car buyers are helping to reduce that impact with the average emissions per kilometre falling for five years in a row.”

Launching the Carbon Dioxide Emissions information paper on light vehicles today, Mr Retter said continuing the year-on-year decline in carbon emissions was encouraging.  However he said not everyone had decided to buy an efficient car.

“If every Australian who bought a car last year chose the most efficient vehicle on offer the average vehicle emissions wouldn’t have fallen just 3.4 per cent – it would have fallen ten times that amount,” Mr Retter said.

“Consumer preferences, manufacturers producing greener vehicles and government regulation are all factors that can reduce carbon emissions from our vehicles.”

Other important findings from the report include:
  • Fifteen manufacturers sold 92 per cent of vehicles in Australia. Of these manufacturers, Suzuki and BMW had the equal lowest average emission (158 g/km) and Jeep had the highest (226 g/km).
  • The average Australian-made vehicle bought last year emits 210 g/km, equalling 2012 figures.
  • Private buyers had the lowest average emissions (186 g/km), followed by business buyers (198 g/km), then government buyers (210 g/km).
  • More than 2.2 per cent of the cars bought last year were ‘green’ cars (less than 120 g/km), compared to 1.2 per cent in 2012 and just 0.8 per cent in 2011.

The NTC thanks the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) for providing the data for this report.

Download a copy of the Carbon Emissions from New Australian Light Vehicles report.

Last Updated: 18/11/2016