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Australian Automotive Industry Committed to Reducing Impacts of Climate Change

Carbon emissions from new motor vehicles in Australia continue to decrease, with the national average for 2015 falling 1.9 per cent compared to 2014 figures. This decline is highlighted in the National Transport Commission’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity from New Australian Light Vehicles 2015 information paper.

Welcoming the information paper, FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said “the Australian automotive industry is committed to continuing to make a strong contribution to national efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change.”

“Around the world, vehicle manufacturers are committed to developing and delivering new technologies that reduce CO2 emission in their vehicles,” Mr Weber said. 

“In its information paper, the National Transport Commission has acknowledged there has been an increase in the availability of low emission vehicles.

The Information Paper also highlights that fleet-wide vehicle emissions depend on many factors including consumer preference for vehicle type, engine size and power, fuel type, and transmission, among other things.

The Australian automotive industry remains committed to a mandated CO2 target that is relevant to Australia. Any CO2 target must be considered together with pollutant emission standards and fuel quality standards as they are all interrelated,” Mr Weber said.

Mr Weber said “the industry is working with the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions and the NTC’s report will make a valuable contribution to this process”.

A real and sustained reduction in vehicle emissions, both CO2 and pollutants, will only be achieved through an integrated solution that takes a whole-of government approach to CO2 standards, vehicle pollutant emission standards, fuel quality standards and on-road vehicle operation.

The integrated solutions must include:

  • Fuel quality standards; to match the emission technology in our vehicles and initiatives to encourage consumers to use the correct fuel grade.
  • The Australian consumer preference for heavier vehicles with larger and more powerful engines and automatic transmissions.
  • The use of light vehicles in Australia; in particular, how to relieve congestion in our major cities and how to deliver the benefits from vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.
  • Driver behaviour and how eco-driving can reduce fuel use.
  • Vehicle technology and the refuelling infrastructure required to support new technologies such as electric vehicles, hybrid electrics and hydrogen fuel cells.
  • Increasing consumer demand through raising awareness and creating incentives for people to adopt new technology.
  • Steps to reduce the age of the vehicle fleet, as newer vehicles are more fuel efficient.

The Carbon Dioxide Emissions Intensity from New Australian Light Vehicles 2014 information paper is available on the National Transport Commission’s website.

For further information contact
Tony Weber, Chief Executive
P:      02-6229 8212
M:    0400 012 810