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Driving to Campus

University students, staff and visitors often elect to drive because they feel it is their quickest and most flexible form of travel. However, often alternate transport choices provide an easier, cheaper, faster journey.

Did you know....
32 tonnes of greenhouse gases are emitted for each Australian annually  this is one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the world.


The average Australian car emits 4.5 tonnes of C02 per year!


There are currently 11 million cars and trucks in Australia consuming about 26 billion litres of fuel a year and emitting approximately 71 million tonnes of C02 into the atmosphere.

On days where you have to travel by car, try to combine other activities to save on the number of car trips - e.g. pick up the dry cleaning, visit friends etc. Remember you can reduce pollution levels by ensuring the car is serviced regularly and avoid braking or accelerating hard during the trip.

Why you should leave the car at home when possible

The alternatives to driving are cheaper and healthier (and in many cases faster) while simultaneously reducing greenhouse emissions, air pollution, road deaths, lung disease and the need for extensive car parks and roads. Reducing your car use by even one day a week makes an important difference.

To find out the carbon foot print of driving to campus check the vehicle emissions calculator Sustainable transport - Reducing greenhouse gas emissions website

Find out how much it costs to run your car. RAA - Running Costs website

If it is necessary to drive, here are some ideas that can help reduce the impact of commuting:

If you lease a car you can offset the greenhouse emissions caused by driving through Green Fleet.

All UniSA owned and operated lease cars have their emissions offset through Green Fleet.

greenfleet website

Driving Tips for lower emissions

living greener website

Buy a fuel efficient car

Green Vehicle Guide website

Switch to low emissions fuel options such as LPG, E10, bio-diesel

Biofuels & Car Compatibility