Light vehicle emissions

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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

Infographic showing the average carbon emissions of the top 10 selling light vehicles in Australia 2019

  • 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.