On 21 May, the Government released its Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper and is now seeking input from stakeholders and industry. The Technology Investment Roadmap will help inform Australia’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement and will be a critical input to Australia’s Long Term Emissions Reduction Strategy.
In the transport sector, the Roadmap identifies significant opportunities to improve road transport efficiency and reduce emissions by increasing the use of hybrids, alternative fuels and electric vehicles. The Roadmap will complement other initiatives, such as the forthcoming National Electric Vehicle Strategy.
An indicative shortlist of priority technologies for the transport sector includes:
- Battery, hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles
- More efficient internal combustion engine vehicles
- Fleet technologies e.g. driver aids and feedback, maintenance technologies, improved telematics and logistics, Internet of Things route planning, and backload optimisation
- Mode shift technologies
The first Low Emissions Technology Statement will be published by the Government in the coming months. More information is available on the department’s website. The discussion paper is available for download below:
The AADA is currently reviewing the discussion paper and will be developing a submission by 21 June 2020.