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Car Industry Committed to Further Co2 Reductions

The peak body representing the Australian automotive industry, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), supports the COAG decision to conduct an evaluation of options to lower carbon emissions from vehicles.

"The automotive industry is committed to reducing vehicle emissions and increasing fuel efficiency,” FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.

“We support a comprehensive review and it is important that all options are on the table,” he said.

“The COAG decision demonstrates a clear commitment to achieve better outcomes for the environment and consumers,” Mr McKellar said.

“Vehicle brands will be active and constructive participants during this review process,” he said.

The Australian automotive industry has proposed a cooperative strategy to develop an ambitious new target for reducing vehicle CO2 emissions.

“This strategy should be consistent with the targets established by the Government’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme,” Mr McKellar said.

“It also fits well with the positive incentive provided by the new Green Car Innovation Fund which will encourage the production of more fuel efficient vehicles in Australia,” he said.

“The industry has a positive track record of reducing emissions and we have achieved our current target of 222 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre more than a year ahead of schedule,” Mr McKellar said.

“The time is right to set a new target and the industry agrees this should be consistent with leading international standards,” he said.

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