A new report released by NRMA Motoring & Services has shown Australia’s reliance on imported transport fuel has increased from 60 per cent in 2000 to 91 per cent in 2013. This means that communities like Dubbo could run out of petrol, prescribed medication and refrigerated and frozen food in a week if tankers stopped entering Australian ports tomorrow. Scary, isn’t it.
This week NRMA released a new report that addresses an issue that could affect the entire nation: Australia’s fuel security. The report, which is the second in a series commissioned by NRMA Motoring & Services and authored by John Blackburn AO, highlights the need to reduce Australia’s reliance on imported transport fuel. The NRMA’s Western NSW director Graham Blight is calling on the Federal Government to move on reducing this reliance that has jumped from 60 per cent to 91 per cent between 2000 and 2013.
“We do not want to scare people with our report, but facts are facts,” Mr Blight said.
The new report warns that if supply of imported fuel was disrupted, Australian petrol stations would run dry after three days. After seven days pharmacies would cease dispensing drugs and supermarkets’ cold storage would be empty. The report also highlights that Australia is the only member of the International Energy Association that does not meet its 90-day fuel stock obligation.
Safeguarding Australia’s fuel security is an issue NRMA has been fighting to improve for many years and now is the time to act. The report highlights that Australia does not need to wait for the Government’s assessment to start taking action and outlines solutions to a potential crisis including, improving road safety, increasing freight to rail and producing alternate fuels.
“We have the capacity in this country to produce alternative fuels including biofuels and gas,” Mr Blight said.
“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.
“Other countries have addressed their transport fuel security future – there’s no reason why we can’t address ours.”
The report highlights:
- · the Australian Government should take control of the situation in 2014 by working with industry stakeholders to help secure Australia’s transport energy future via the Government’s National Energy Security Assessment;
- · Australia is the only International Energy Association member that does not meet its 90 day fuel stock obligation (60 days in May 2013, down from 71 days in October 2012);
- · by 2030, Australia’s remaining five refineries could be closed leaving the country almost 100 per cent reliant on imported oil and facing a potential liquid fuel security crisis; and
- · if tankers stopped entering Australian ports tomorrow, the nation would lose its capacity to transport food and medicine supplies very quickly. Australia has just:
- three days of petrol in our service stations;
- seven days of pharmacy supplies in retail pharmacies; and
- seven days of chilled and frozen goods in our supermarkets.
Read the series of reports below:
|The first, released in 2008, provided a roadmap to reduce Australia’s dependence on oil, highlighting the issues facing Australian motorists, the economy and our environment.Read A Roadmap for Alternative Fuels in Australia report – 2008 (PDF 1.8MB/64 pages)|
|The second report, Fuelling future passenger vehicle use in Australia, was released in 2010 at the second NRMA Alternative Fuel and Technology Summit. The report gave further insight into how alternative transport fuels and technologies could drastically reduce our reliance on imported oil and fuels.Read Fuelling future passenger vehicle use in Australia report – 2010 (PDF 3MB/133 pages)|
|In 2013, we released a report by Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn (Retired) on Australia’s Liquid Fuel Security. This report details the extent of Australia’s reliance on transport fuels and calls on the Australian Government to develop an effective fuel security plan to deal with extraordinary disruptions to supply outside normal daily supply and distribution – such as war, economic turmoil or natural disasters.Read Australia’s Liquid Fuel Security Part 1 report – 2013 (PDF 1MB/24 pages)|
|In February 2014, we released the second Fuel Security Report by Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn. It digs deeper into this issue, exposes Australia’s deteriorating fuel security position, explores why we have a problem, how bad it really is and what we can do to fix it.Read Australia’s Liquid Fuel Serurity Part 2 report – 2014 (PDF 1.1MB/23 pages:|