Australian ministers establish new transport decarbonisation group

At a meeting in Perth last week, ministers from across the country came together to discuss how to best curb carbon emissions emitted by the transport industry.

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) has last week reported that Australian Infrastructure and Transport Ministers met in Perth to discuss carbon emissions.  These meetings occur twice annually. It was the first meeting for NSW Minister the Hon Jo Haylen MP.
At the meeting, ministers acknowledged that emissions from the transport and infrastructure sectors would rise as a proportion of overall emissions unless further steps were taken to address climate change.

The assocciation says that as a result, ministers agreed to establish a new Decarbonisation of Transport Working Group to improve national coordination and help oversee a new transport decarbonisation work plan and shared principles for national transport decarbonisation. 
Ministers further agreed to work together, and in consultation with industry, to develop a nationally consistent approach for measuring embodied carbon in infrastructure projects and consider further policy levers available to reduce emissions. 
Ministers also endorsed proposed amendment to the Heavy Vehicle National Law with the NTC to develop drafting instructions for an Amendment Bill and develop core regulations in consultation with industry. Ministers noted an aspirational goal of having a package of legislation and core regulations presented to ITMM for approval in July 2024, with an update to be provided at the next meeting. 
In addition, ministers committed to improving level crossing safety across Australia and welcomed industry stakeholders’ willingness to endorse a code of practice on increased train illumination, reflecting findings from industry trials. Ministers noted the proposed National Level Crossing Safety Strategy 2023-32 and asked senior officials to conduct consultations on the strategy before considering its adoption later in 2023.
Ministers agreed to next meet in December 2023, with Tasmania to host the meeting, and meet in Queensland in early 2024.

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