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Commuters getting a lift, naturally

Commuters are receiving a “lift” from the natural resources sector every day to and from work.

While buses, trains, trams and ferries all contribute to taking cars off the commuter routes, and thereby reducing carbon dioxide levels in cities, each form of public transport needs natural resources.

Iron ore and coal are used to make steel for frames, seats, and wheels. Bauxite is transformed into aluminium for frames and fixtures. Factories that produce steel, plastics, rubber and paints use a long list of natural resources including natural gas.

Glass and plastic windows are manufactured from natural resources as well.

Natural gas is also used for air conditioning to make the commute more comfortable, while most of the new model commuter buses are powered by natural gas.