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Emission standards for cars.
Julia Gillard and Labor Let’s move Australia Forward
EMISSION STANDARDS FOR CARS
The Gillard Labor Government will cut emissions on our roads by introducing new mandatory carbon dioxide emission standards for all new light vehicles, including cars, from 2015.
This is part of the Gillard Labor Government’s plan to make positive change to how we live, work and travel.
The 15 million light vehicles on Australian roads contribute more than 10 per cent of our nation’s total greenhouse gas emissions.
Modelling undertaken indicates that the new standards could save 2.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Fuel consumption savings
Motorists will see considerable savings at the petrol station. Modelling suggests that Australia could be saving around 1.1 billion litres of fuel worth $1.8 billion every year by 2024.
More fuel-efficient engine technology can be more expensive to make, but modelling demonstrates these potential costs are offset relatively quickly by fuel savings.
A typical motorist could save around $600 a year on fuel costs, with any additional car costs paid off in less than two years.
How will the standards work?
Carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles are usually measured in grams of carbon dioxide emitted per kilometre (g/km).
According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the national average for carbon dioxide emissions from new light vehicles in Australia in 2008 was 222 g/km.
Emission standards for cars