Australian light vehicles emit an average of 3.75 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year. The domestic transport sector as a whole contributes 90 Mt CO2-e, or 16 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in total. The government has established a priority to electric and hybrid electric vehicles to reduce transport emissions. However, there are questions about the viability and safety of usign EV and PHEV vehicles in primary health care practice in rural and remote communities due to the poor distribution of EV charging infrastructure, distances between locations, the ability of vehicles to perform in arid conditions, and the reliability of vehicles on unsealed roads.
Theory of Change
Reduction in carbon emissions
Reduction in operating costs
Staff survey on vehicle reliability and safety for rural and remote travel
Long Term Outcomes
Reduction in carbon emissions will help to mitigate destructive climate change and adverse health impacts in rural, Aboriginal and other disadvantaged communities.
Comparison of average emissions between combustion and EV/PHEV vehicles
Percentage reduction in fuel costs from use of EV/PHEV vehicles (comparison with prior year)
Staff survey of reliability of using EV/PHEV for travel in outback communities
8 December 2023
Trial commenced in January 2023 and data will not be available for full year until 2024.
Climate Change Authority (2019) Opportunities to reduce light vehicle emissions in Australia at https://www.climatechangeauthority.gov.au/reviews/light-vehicle-emissions-standards-australia/opportunities-reduce-light-vehicle-emissions
Croydon Dowley, Manager Foundation Services and Programs (0434 989 658)