Australian Government takes next steps on Fuel Economy 


Lyn O’Connell, Deputy Secretary, Australian Department of Infrastructure & Transport at a high level seminar in Melbourne, co-hosted by the GFEI 

The Australian Government today launched a consultation process on their discussion paper – ‘Light Vehicle CO2 emission standards for Australia’ - which considers how to implement their commitment to address this issue, starting in 2015.
The paper does not itself set targets, but asks stakeholders for their views on a range of key questions, in order to help shape the new standards. The views received in response to the discussion paper will be used in the development of a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), which will also include a benefit-cost analysis of a series of options to implement the new standards.
This discussion document follows on from the event which GFEI (which is referenced in the document) co-hosted with the Commonwealth Government, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), and the Low Emission Vehicle Automotive Partnership (LEV), in Melbourne earlier this year.
Speaking after the release of the discussion document, Sheila Watson, Executive Secretary of GFEI said; ‘It is really exciting to see the policy development process for improved fuel economy in Australia moving forward in this way. The consultation is a critical stage in development of CO2 emissions standards, and views from the broadest range consumer, industry and civil groups will help shape a standard that is robust and tailored to conditions in Australia.”