We report on the carbon dioxide emissions intensity of new cars and light commercial vehicle sales each year to provide a transparent benchmark for how Australia’s new car emission footprint is tracking.
Key findings from our latest report
- The average emissions intensity from government car fleets decreased by two per cent in 2019.
- The emissions intensity for private buyers also decreased.
- The average emissions intensity for business buyers increased.
- The average emissions intensity for new passenger vehicles in European countries was 120.4 g/km in 2018 (using provisional European data).
- The corresponding figures in Japan and the United States were 114.6 g/km and 145.8 g/ km, respectively, in 2017 (the latest available year).
- Australia’s average emissions intensity for passenger vehicles in 2018 was 169.8 g/km, 41 per cent higher than for Europe.
- In 2011, pick-up trucks were responsible for 12 per cent of emissions, and now 21 per cent in 2019.
- In 2011, small cars and small SUVs were 31 per cent of the mix, and now they are 25 per cent.