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Report shows Australians overestimating car pollution

Posted by Car Geek on December 7, 2007

Concerns about greenhouse gases and pollution are registering with Australian motorists, but many are unsure about the effect vehicles are having on the environment, according to a recent survey.

The survey, conducted by the Australian Automobile Association, shows that while 79 per cent of drivers are concerned about the effects of their cars on the environment, they believe that their vehicles contribute, on average, 36 per cent of Australia’s total greenhouse gas emissions. The National Greenhouse Gas Inventory lists the total contribution of road transport at 12.6 per cent of national emissions, and passenger vehicles contributing approximately 7.8 per cent.

Stationary energy production remains the largest contributor of greenhouse gases at approximately 51 per cent, with agriculture coming in second at 17 per cent.

46 per cent of the 1500 drivers surveyed believed they had a “rough idea” of the contribution of vehicles to greenhouse gas emissions, but many overestimated the contribution. Younger drivers in particular were more likely to overestimate the contribution of passenger vehicles, with their average estimate just over 35 per cent.

Despite the relatively smaller contribution of transport, the sector is the fastest growing contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, having increased 30 per cent between 1990 and 2005. Passenger vehicle emissions have increased 25 per cent in the same period.

(Source: Courier-Mail)

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25 Responses to “Report shows Australians overestimating car pollution”

  1. James Davies said

    This article, like many gives false information on this subject. It suggests that Greenhouse gas pollution is the same as general pollution. In fact the 12% figure does not take into account the production of the cars, but that is another issue.

    In travel cars may contribute only 12% to greenhouse gas emmisions, but the primary falsehood of this article is that it ties Greenhouse gas emmisions to general pollution. People have to understand that pollution is MORE then just greenhouse gases.

    In terms of general pollution the car packs a huge punch, particularly in cities. In Australian cities the car is responsible for between 60-80% of the air pollution, and this pullution consists of general smog, NOX, fine particle contamination, sulfur dioxide (from diesel engines), carbon monoxide, as well as others. Benzine is also a carcinagin and is found in petrol, and pollutes the air as well as water. While these pulltants are not Greenhouse gases, they make people feel sick and are responsible for reduced life expectancy, and morbidity. These pollutants are local and direct contaminents.

    Do not imply that cars produce little pollution, because of their greenhouse gas output from travel. There is other pollution other then greenhouse gases. Get your facts right, and stop producing nonsense.

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    James Davies: No, just no. Stop spreading lies to push your anti-car agenda.

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