FCAI Response to the Independent Review of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 Issues Paper

24th July, 2015

The FCAI and member companies’ long standing position is that fuel quality standards, GHG emission targets (i.e. CO2 standards or targets) and vehicle pollutant emission standards all need to be considered together, as they are all interrelated. This position it is shared by the global automotive industry, regulators and research organisations.

Motor vehicle brands are reducing both CO2 emissions and pollutant emissions year on year with the introduction of new technology in response to new regulations, market competition and consumer demand. An important component of being able to deliver new vehicle technology to continue to achieve improvements in vehicle emissions is improved fuel quality standards.

The FCAI considers that future success on fuel quality is a fuel quality available in the market that is consistent with the vehicle emission standards to deliver not only the vehicle operability requirements, but also the environmental and health benefits expected by government from reduced vehicle pollutant emissions and CO2 emissions.

The FCAI is of the view that the most effective method to achieve nationally consistent fuel quality standards, that are enforceable and provides a suitable level of consumer protection, is through a national regulatory standard. Therefore, the FCAI supports nationally regulated fuel quality standards.

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