Turnbull Government to review approach to vehicle emissions
2 November 2015
Joint release with the Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP and the Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP.
The Turnbull Government will take a whole of government approach to addressing vehicle emissions with a Ministerial Forum chaired by the Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher that will examine vehicle emissions standards in Australia and vehicle testing arrangements.
Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher said that the Ministerial Forum will be supported by a working group which will be asked to examine issues including implementation of Euro 6, fuel quality standards, fuel efficiency measures (CO2) for light vehicles, as well as emission testing arrangements.
“This Ministerial Forum will allow the Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt, the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia Josh Frydenberg and myself to consult broadly with industry with the aim of reducing harmful emissions on Australian roads and in our cities from motor vehicles” Mr Fletcher said.
“Presently we do not have the same levels of smog pollution in Australia that other countries face. Nevertheless, we must work hard to keep our air clean and reduce CO2 emissions that contribute to climate change by ensuring our new vehicles meet world’s best standards.
“Tough noxious emissions standards already ensure that air quality in Australian cities is good by international standards, but we are taking direct action on climate change through a range of initiatives. It is the Australian Government’s policy to harmonise our vehicle standards with international standards developed through the United Nations.
“We have recently adopted the United Nations based Euro 5 noxious emissions standards for light and heavy vehicles and are now considering the adoption of Euro 6. We are also working with other countries to improve the vehicle testing arrangements for noxious emissions,” Mr Fletcher said.
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg said improving the efficiency of vehicles can assist with fuel bills.
“The Government has set a goal of improving national energy productivity by 40 per cent by 2030. Improving the efficiency of vehicles is part of this goal, which can assist in lowering the household and business fuel bills of Australians. The Government will consult broadly and work with stakeholders to ensure that Australians have access to more efficient vehicles” Mr Frydenberg said.
The Minister for the Environment said a series of programmes and policies were already in place that target vehicle emissions, however the Australian Government would continue its work on meeting the challenge of reducing them further.
“This includes consideration of the independent Review of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 which will report to the Government in the first half of next year,” Mr Hunt said.
“The Australian Government is committed to reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions so they are 26-28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.
“This announcement forms part of Australia’s preparations for the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Paris this December. The conference will see negotiations conclude on a new global climate agreement,” Mr Hunt said.
Australia already has in place a mandatory consumer information programme that mandates fuel efficiency labelling on new cars, as well as a voluntary programme through the Green Vehicle Guide that aims to assist consumers to make informed purchasing decisions.
The Government will examine further measures such as incentives and standards to encourage the purchase of more fuel efficient vehicles.
For more information on the Green Vehicle Guide, please visit http://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/
The terms of reference for this forum follow in the attachments.
Minister Fletcher's office: Catherine McDonald 0447 066 213
Minister Hunt’s office: John O’Doherty 0402 047 852
Minister Frydenberg’s office: 02 6277 7180