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A re-elected Gillard Labor Government will cut emissions on our roads by introducing new mandatory carbon dioxide emission standards for all new cars from 2015.

A typical motorist could save around $600 per year on fuel costs under this initiative.

Setting emission reduction targets for light vehicles of 14 per cent by 2015 and 30 per cent by 2024 will:

- Cut carbon dioxide emissions by 2.6 million tonnes annually by 2024. - Save motorists $1.8 billion in fuel costs on 1.1 billion litres of fuel annually by 2024.

New legislation will require all car companies to reduce emission levels from vehicles they sell in Australia by introducing better technologies and changing the fleet mix. The levels set will be determined in consultation with industry and stakeholders.

The mandatory standard will set a national fleet-wide target of average carbon dioxide emissions reduction and each individual motor vehicle company will have to contribute to this target.

Previously, Australian emission standards were voluntary, setting inadequate targets or none at all.

New mandatory standards will enable Australia to more effectively regulate and reduce emissions caused by vehicle use, helping to cut pollution and tackle climate change.

This is part of the Gillard Labor Government’s plan to make positive changes to how we live, work and travel.

The four-year transition period will ensure the industry properly prepares and plans for the new standards. The Cleaner Car Rebate will support this transition, so that

Australia’s light vehicle sector, which accounts for more than 10 per cent of Australia’s total carbon footprint, can play its part in cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the national average for carbon dioxide emissions from new light vehicles in 2008 was 222 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre (g/km).

Cuts of 14 per cent and 30 per cent would see national average emissions fall to 190 g/km and 155 g/km respectively. These levels will be used as the starting point for discussions with industry and stakeholders.

This move is consistent with developments overseas, with both Europe and the United States having taken steps to introduce mandatory carbon dixoide emission standards for their motor vehicles.

The Australian Government is also investing $6 billion over the period to 2020 in a New Car Plan for a Greener Future to support the manufacture of competitive, low-emission, fuel-efficient vehicles in Australia.

A Gillard Labor Government also recognises the environmental benefits of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles are an important part of the new range of clean vehicles being developed by the global automotive industry. They promise environmental benefits when powered by renewable and low-emission sources of electricity.

The Australian Government will lead a work program to ensure Australia’s energy markets are ready to support the potential large-scale adoption of electric vehicles and related technologies.

A Gillard Labor Government will, through the Ministerial Council on Energy, ask the Australian Energy Market Commission to review Australia’s energy market frameworks to identify and address potential barriers to the uptake of electric vehicles.

These new initiatives do not involve any budgetary costs.

24 JULY 2010

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