Fuel consumption under fire as reliance on imports increase

The National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) has released a report outlining the troubling facts behind Australia's reliance on imported transport fuel.

Released on February 24, the 'Australia 2030: Running on empty' report shows Australia's reliance on imported transport fuel increased to 91 per cent in 2013, compared with just 60 per cent in 2000.

This troubling revelation should encourage each and every fleet manager to consider green car technology for the future of their fleet.

Currently, with the lack of fuel efficient cars on the road, if tankers were unable to dock in Australia's ports tomorrow, the nation's fuel supplies would dry up in approximately three days.

The NRMA report also revealed the belief that Australia's five remaining refineries could be closed by 2030, leaving the country with an almost 100 per cent reliance on imported oil.

Currently, Australia is the only country within the International Energy Association that has failed to meet its 90 day fuel stock obligation. In May 2013, Australia had just 60 days' fuel stock, compared to 71 days in October 2012.

However, the report also offered up solutions to Australia's rising fuel consumption issues.

"It's not too late for Australia to take steps that would help secure Australia's transport energy future," NRMA Director Graham Blight explained.

"The Government's National Energy Security Assessment will be reviewed again his year and it's the ideal time for new policies to be implemented that would ensure Australia's sustainability in the unlikely event of a disruption to our liquid fuel supply."

One of the major factors in addressing this issue is the development of alternative fuels - a process Mr Blight believes Australia is well capable of. Additionally, he urges the Australian government to invest in fuel saving initiatives.

"There are answers right in front of us to help secure our transport energy future that complement larger scale solutions, such as stopping the closure of refineries and increasing our stock of oil within our borders."