This report was prepared for the South Australian Department of Transport. This paper reviews the current energy situation in Australia and concludes that Australia is not short of energy in any overall sense. In providing supplies of energy for transport, however, Australia is faced with both short term problems which are unique to Australia and with longer term problems which are similar to the world- wide problem. In the short term, Australia will be short of indigenous petroleum energy supplies so vital to transport while in the long term the world is heading towards a petroleum energy shortage. In the longer term, in the face of the global pool crude oil shortage, Australia must look to the availability of alternative primary sources of energy for transport. It is recommended that a) technologies such as oil from coal or methanol from natural gas for producing alternative energy sources to crude pool oil be assessed and a decision made to implement a production plant of at least pilot scale with the aim of gaining experience in their operations economies, b) the future high cost of private transport and the desirability of providing public transport be taken into account as a major factor in the planning of urban developments in Australia. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    South Australia Department of Transport, Australia

    Goodchild Research Studies Pty Ltd, State Admin Center
    Adelaide, South Australia,   Australia 
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 43 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00303561
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 11 1981 12:00AM