The opinion held by the Australian government that the projected shortfall in indigenous crude oil supply can be met by enhanced exploration and/or demand conservation is appraised in the light of current economic incentives for exploration, and the motorist's sentiment towards demand conservation. The paper establishes that the opinion is false, and that Australia is faced with a massive transport fuel import bill unless it finds alternative energy forms. The paper identifies potential alternative transport fuels that could be made available from indigenous energy sources. Whatever alternative fuel is to be used, it would need to conform to a variety of economic, social and environmental criteria before it would be accepted. The paper raises a set of general criteria with which to appraise various alternative transport fuels. Given that the use of petroleum products is environmentally degrading, the various alternative transport fuels are primarily assessed on environmental criteria. (A)

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    Linacre House, Jordan Hill
    Oxford,   United Kingdom  OX2 8DP
  • Authors:
    • MOON, B
  • Publication Date: 1994-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 331-44
  • Serial:
    • Energy Policy
    • Volume: 22
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Butterworth Scientific Limited
    • ISSN: 0301-4215

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00665209
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 9 1994 12:00AM