Australia’s future oil supply and alternative transport fuels

Australia’s future oil supply and alternative transport fuels

7 February 2007

© Commonwealth of Australia 2007
ISBN 0 642 71726 5

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 158KB)
Executive summary (PDF 197KB)
Recommendations (PDF 90KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 138KB)

Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Future oil demand and supply (PDF 229KB)

Oil and gas basics
Oil and gas in context of total energy use
World oil production and consumption
Oil production and consumption in Australia and projections

Chapter 3 - ’Peak oil’ concerns about future oil supply (PDF 365KB)

Peak oil views and responses in summary
Is ’ultimately recoverable resource’ a useful concept?
Estimating the ultimately recoverable resource: issues
Estimates of the ultimately recoverable resource
Relating the ultimately recoverable resource to peak: the Hubbert curve
Estimating the timing of peak oil
Investment needed to maintain production
The prospects of nonconventional oil
Implications for the price of oil
New warnings in World Energy Outlook 2006
General comment on peak oil concerns
Will market forces sort things out?

Chapter 4 - Economic and social impacts of possible higher fuel prices and reduced oil (PDF 232KB)

The effects of recent price increases
Macro economic impacts of rising oil prices
Impacts on industry
Impacts on communities
The risk of supply side disruptions
Avoiding adverse impacts
Committee comment

Chapter 5 - Supply side responses - overview and exploration (PDF 204KB)

Exploring for more oil in Australian territory

Chapter 6 - Supply side responses - Alternative fuels from gas, coal and shale (PDF 294KB)

Gaseous fuels - LPG, natural gas and hydrogen
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
Synthetic fuels derived from coal or gas
Oil Shale

Chapter 7 - Supply side responses - Alternative fuels - Biofuels (PDF 237KB)

Committee comments on alternative fuels in general

Chapter 8 - Demand side responses (PDF 349KB)

Increasing the fuel efficiency of vehicles
Reforming urban road use charges: congestion charges
Encouraging walking, cycling and public transport in cities
Integrating transport planning and land use planning to reduce car use
More use of rail for long distance freight
Other matters: fringe benefits taxation of employer-provided cars
General comment on demand management measures

Appendix 1 - List of Submissions (PDF 150KB)
Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee at the Public Hearings (PDF 160KB)
Appendix 3 - CSIRO response to question on notice on 12 May 2006 (PDF 400KB)
Appendix 4 - Documents Tabled at Public Hearings (PDF 177KB)
Appendix 5 - Index of Documents Provided During Inquiry (PDF 148KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511
Fax: +61 2 6277 5811