Following the overwhelming support the Cities Power Partnership received from elected officials across the country signing our joint statement calling on the Federal Government to implement strong fuel efficiency standards, local governments have another opportunity to influence Fuel Efficiency Standards by providing their own submission to the consultation process. To access the Climate Council’s Fuel Efficiency Standards briefing paper that may support your council’s submission please click here.
Why are fuel efficiency standards so important?
Fuel efficiency standards are the key to unlocking the supply of lower and zero emissions vehicles in Australia. They aim to limit the greenhouse gas emissions from Australia’s fleet of cars. They do this by setting a maximum average level of carbon emissions allowed across a manufacturer’s overall new car sales. This provides incentives for car makers to supply lower and zero emissions vehicles – and penalise them for failing to do so. Over time, as the fuel efficiency standard is tightened (meaning the maximum amount of CO₂ that can be emitted is reduced), car markers must sell higher numbers of lower and zero emissions vehicles to avoid penalties.
Implementing strong fuel efficiency standards will deliver healthier communities and provide greater choice for Australians to drive cars that are cleaner and cheaper to run. The Federal Government is accepting further submissions to the consultation process until 31 May 2023.
To learn more about the consultation process please click here.