When purchasing a new vehicle it is important to consider the impact it will have on the environment. Motor vehicles emit greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane, which all contribute to climate change, so it is important to choose the right vehicle for you, your needs and the environment. Here are some tips to remember:
Generally, the larger the vehicle the greater the running costs and the more CO2 its will produce to get you around. Before purchase a new vehicle, consider the practical requirements you need from a vehicle and purchase a vehicle that will have the minimum impact on the environment.
There are many vehicles on the market and you should explore all options that are available to you including new technologies that may reduce your impact on the environment instead compare the normal equivalent vehicle type. Increasing there are more hybrid and diesel vehicles available on the market, which can reduce the amount of CO2 in the environment.
When considering the environmental impact a new vehicle will have on the environment, the Federal Government provides a Green Vehicle Guide that allows consumers to evaluate the impact on the environment by rating the greenhouse and air pollution emissions it emits. The online resource can be found at www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au.
To reduce your new vehicle’s impact on the environment, research whether during construction recycled materials were used, how far the vehicle has been transported to the caryard. By purchasing vehicles that are domestically produced and that use recycled materials, you can minimise the amount of CO2 produced in the manufacturer and transportation of a new vehicle.
It is important to consider the fuel-efficiency of a new vehicle, which can save you around $10,000 in running costs and upto 20 tonnes of CO2 over the life of your vehicle. It is worth considering a new diesel vehicle with a particulate filter, as this type of vehicle is more economical and environmentally friendlier than its petrol equivalent.
CO2 Emissions from a Petrol Vehicle
||Annual CO2 Emissions
( 1 Australian Greenhouse Office. Based on an average 15,000km travelled annually)
Another way to reduce the impact your new car has on the environment is to find a caryard that offers to offset the CO2 your vehicle would produce within the first year or the amount of CO2 produced to manufacture and transport the vehicle to their caryard.
Different fuels emit different levels of CO2 emissions and provide differing energy efficiencies. The table below shows the amount of CO2 emitted by a car’s exhaust per litre of a particular fuel. This is a guide and may vary by the type and size of a vehicles.
Despite LPG producing the lowest emissions per litre, more fuel is consumed to travel the same distance. Diesel may produce the most CO2 emissions, but when a particulate filter is used combined with its higher fuel-efficiency than petrol engines, less emissions are produced over the same distance.