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Tough decisions made by the Federal Government today could see Australia replace its fossil-fuel technology with electric cars generated by renewable, clean energy sources within years, according to the Jamison Report.
NRMA Motoring & Services President Alan Evans today launched the Jamison Group's report: A Road Map for Alternative Fuels in Australia: Ending our Dependence on Oil.

The Jamison Group was established by the NRMA following the company's Alternative Fuel Summit in 2006 and comprises four eminent scholars in the fields of energy and transport - David Lamb, Mark Diesendorf, John Mathews and Graeme Pearman.

In the past four years Australia's dependence on foreign oil has grown by 30 per cent and if nothing is done, the nation will have an oil trade deficit of $25 billion by 2015, causing enormous inflationary pressures on the economy and further damage to the environment.

"When it comes to making the tough choices necessary to end our dependence on oil, Australian governments have been idle - but it's not too late," Mr Evans said.

"If anything, Australia is in an ideal position. We do not need to discover any new renewable energy sources or invent any new technologies - other countries have done it for us.

"Brazil began its road map almost 40 years ago and the US and EU are now charging down their own green road map.

"What is needed now is to rid Australia of its oil dependence and secure a greener, cheaper and less volatile transport energy future."

The report calls on the Australian Government to set a target of reducing oil dependence by 20 per cent by 2020; 30 per cent by 2030 and 50 per cent by 2050.

Mr Evans said the report provided a 12-step road map to wean the nation off its oil dependence, but that the onus was on the Federal Government to lead the charge.

"The NRMA will be part of the solution to the challenge facing Earth today - cleaning up our planet," Mr Evans said.

"Whilst motorists are responsible for only eight per cent of Australia's carbon emissions - it's time to get that number down."

The Jamison Report urges the Australian Government to do all it can to fast-track the development of the electric car in Australia, charged by renewable energy sources such as wind or solar.

It proposes mandating the development of electricity charging stations across Australia where motorists driving electric cars could re-charge.

"As the report stated, even the man responsible for 'killing the electric car', Bob Lutz of General Motors, has admitted that the electrification of the automobile is inevitable," Mr Evans said.

"We can start taking steps now to ensure that Australia's transport fleet of the not-too-distant future is running on renewable energy sources, which will almost wipe the motorists' carbon foot-print off the face of the earth."

The report also urges the Australian Government to wind back subsidies for fossil fuel industries and replace them with tax incentives for alternative fuels and energy.

The Jamison Report points to Australia's vast reserves of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and a potentially large sugar-based ethanol industry as short-term replacements for oil.

The report identifies agricultural land in northern Australia about the size of metropolitan Brisbane that has already been cleared, which could be used to produce almost one billion litres of ethanol within five years. This will not have an impact on existing food production.

The Jamison Group is urging the Federal Government to conduct a comprehensive study into the social and environmental impacts of bio-fuel production to ensure this does not cause further environmental damage and add to the world food shortage.

Any expansion of bio-fuels production in Australia would have to be conducted under the most stringent environmental protection and certifiable sustainable practices.

NRMA Director, Graham Blight, said the report highlighted that the development of a bio-fuels industry would be an ideal short-term solution to reducing oil consumption and could potentially create 10,000 new jobs.

"All too often we hear governments say they are helpless in the face of rising petrol costs - this is not true," Mr Blight said.

"Australia is decades behind much of the western world in the development of alternative fuels. When we consider the options available to us through our vast Natural Gas reserves and farming capacity for sugar, this beggar's belief.

"By setting mandatory targets and providing tax incentives for alternative fuels, the Australian Government can take the power out of the hands of OPEC, oil speculators and petrol companies and put them back in the hands of the Australian people."

Read the Jamison Group report here (1.8MB):

http://www.mynrma.com.au/cps/rde/xbcr/m ... 2-4CAD838D

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good stuff


this is where the queen is heading....

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The Jamison Report urges the Australian Government to do all it can to fast-track the development of the electric car in Australia, charged by renewable energy sources such as wind or solar.

It proposes mandating the development of electricity charging stations across Australia where motorists driving electric cars could re-charge.

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shes about 120k from melb cbd

thoughts on this?


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This is great. However I doubt any action will take place because of it. I've rapidly become disappointed with the new government, especially that Peter Garret guy.

But it's a start! If more people read the report, then there'll be more pressure on the government to do something.
I'll drive an electric vehicle one day.

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the govt (garrets mob) have a call out for ideas and have an "open grant" system running for grants between 80k and 400k

maybe AEVA would like to stick somethin in?


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