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Dwindling use of rail freight puts Australia’s emissions targets at risk

Freight transported across Australia by rail has dwindled to such minuscule levels that emissions targets will be unachievable without policies to counter the country’s over-reliance on heavy and polluting trucks, the industry has warned. The share of non-bulk freight – including manufactured goods, produce, post, foods, drinks and most other items – transported by rail in Australia has now dropped to 17% and just 11% across the eastern seaboard, according to new research released by the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) and Freight on Rail Group, a coalition of operators.

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  • Tabitha Kimani

    32 w

    Australia should invest in EV trucks and also utilize the rail transport since the infrastructure is already there.

    • Rashid Kamau

      32 w

      @tabitha_kimani Definitely! This should serve them best.

    • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

      32 w

      The decline in rail freight usage in Australia poses a serious challenge to the country's emissions targets. With such a significant reliance on heavy and polluting trucks for transportation, achieving emission reduction goals is at risk. The statistics, showing only 17% for non-bulk freight transported by rail in Australia, emphasize the pressing need for policies to promote more sustainable and eco-friendly transport methods. Addressing this issue is crucial for Australia's commitment to combat climate change and reduce its carbon footprint.

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