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Efficiency and environmental sustainability

Sustainable transport is not just about encouraging people to use public transport. It is about reducing carbon emissions on all transport modes across the entire transport system in Victoria and designing the transport system and our cities so there is less need to travel.

The Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure is currently developing sustainable transport projects and initiatives to help achieve this goal.

Developing sustainable transport

The department recognises that climate change is one of the greatest environmental, economic and social challenges of our time.

The way we travel has a major impact on our environment - most of our air pollution and about 16.5 per cent of our greenhouse gas emissions come from transport.

The department is working hard to make Victoria's transport system sustainable. A sustainable transport system should:

  • meet the social and economic needs of the present without compromising future generations' ability to meet their own needs
  • protect the environment, locally and globally in the short and long term
  • provide and promote lower carbon transport options
  • be safe and support improved health and well-being.

The department is moving towards a more sustainable transport system by focussing on three major areas:

  • shaping a more efficient city, where people live closer to their work, schools, services and shops
  • making it easier for people to use more sustainable forms of transport
  • improving the environmental efficiency of transport activity and the transport fleet.

Find out more about sustainable transport projects and programs.