Ethanol as an Australian transport fuel

AIP, through this study paper concludes that the expenditure and effort required to establish a large scale ethanol industry in Australia is uneconomic. A cost subsidy, in the order of $720 million per year, plus additional handling expenses and significant technical problems are not offset by the small and uncertain environmental gains, the attainment of limited self- sufficiency and the establishment of a new industry and infrastructure focused and dependent on one product. The introduction of ethanol as a contributor to the Australian fuel market is a possible alternative but as outlined in this paper it is not considered a probable outcome. A consideration of the economic and environmental incentives necessary to develop an agriculturally based transport fuel industry indicates that any advantages are substantially outweighed by the costs and technical problems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP)

  • Publication Date: 1991-11


  • English

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  • Pagination: 22p

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  • Accession Number: 01432796
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 5:13PM