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AAA Climate Change Summit

22.4.2008

Australia’s peak motoring bodies will come together on 3 June at an international climate change summit to develop solutions aimed at reducing private vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions.

The Australian Automobile Association and constituent motoring organisations – the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and AANT – will conduct the summit as part of its climate change policy, On the Road to Greener Motoring.

AAA’s Director of Research and Policy, John Metcalfe, said the aim of the conference is to bring together the often differing views about cars’ contribution to the environment and to examine ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the motor car while at the same time preserving Australians’ mobility.

“Cars hold enormous importance to people from all walks of life, from high mileage drivers travelling to work, to those on low incomes or who are disabled for whom the car is a lifeline to work, the shops and a range of services,” Mr Metcalfe said.

“One of the key challenges for Australia in the 21st century is to harness the benefits of cars, while at the same time making significant reductions in the negative impacts caused by motoring such as death and injury, air pollution and vehicle emissions.

“While private vehicles account for less than 8 per cent of greenhouse emissions –compared with energy producers such as power stations which account for more than half of all emissions – the AAA motoring clubs are keen to play their part in reducing adverse environmental impacts of the motor car on behalf of our 6.5 million motoring members, their families and all road users.

“Research shows the vast majority of motorists are concerned about climate change and look to the motoring clubs for impartial, expert advice on how to reduce or offset their vehicle’s environmental impact.

“This is an issue which requires all sectors of the community to take responsibility – we want to be a part of the solution.

On The Road To Greener Motoring will critically examine the role that cars play in our society and the environment, and set an agenda for future strategies and activities aimed at improving environmental outcomes.”

The keynote address will be delivered by Director General of the FIA Foundation, David Ward.  Mr Ward is also the Secretary of the Commission for Global Road Safety and has served on a number of road safety related advisory committees and working groups of the OECD, the WHO, the UN and the European Commission.

Other speakers include:

  • HON ANTHONY ALBANESE, MP (invited) – Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government;
  • ALAN EVANS – President, Australian Automobile Association;
  • TERRY AGNEW – Chief Executive Officer, RACWA;
  • ROGER BEALE AO – Senior Consultant, Allen Consulting Group;
  • PETER BENTLEY – President, ITS Australia and Chief Operating Officer, Connect East Group;
  • MAX GILLARD – President, SAE-Australia and Australian Head of Toyota Technical Centre – Asia Pacific;
  • MARK PROEGLER – Director Environment Policy, BP Australia.

 

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