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It's time to Electrify.

It's time to Electrify.

It’s time for clean air, a safer climate and healthier communities. It’s time for cheaper fuel and energy independence. It’s time to Electrify Everything. First stop: transport. 

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It’s time for clean air, a safer climate and healthier communities. It’s time for cheaper fuel and energy independence. It’s time to Electrify Everything. First stop: transport. 

Transport is the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia, warming our planet and increasing the intensity of climate disasters. Transitioning to cleaner cars and zero emissions vehicles is essential to reduce carbon emissions and stop transport- based pollution.

Sign the petition calling for clean, affordable transport.

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Dear Climate Change & Energy Minister Chris Bowen,

Dirty, polluting transport is a major contributor of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions - and those emissions are continuing to grow. Unless we address our transport pollution it will lead to devastating impacts for our climate and community health.

To ensure clean transport for Australia your government must quickly legislate for strong fuel efficiency standards in line with other major markets, and put Australia on a trajectory to 1.5°C. As the only major wealthy nation without these regulations, our country is being left behind in the transition to cleaner technologies and will continue to remain a dumping ground for the most polluting vehicles.

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How did our cars get so dirty?

Australia is the only developed country without fuel efficiency standards and we have become a dumping ground for high polluting and inefficient vehicles that can’t be sold elsewhere. It’s costing our environment and our economy.

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Rising Transport Emissions

Transport is the third largest contributor to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for 20% in total, and one of the few sectors where emissions are continuing to grow. Cars, vans and utes make up 60% of all transport emissions. And to date Australia has no plan to cut them.

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Australia is a Dumping Ground

Australians are being sold dirty and outdated cars, with higher purchase prices and higher running costs than any other developed nation. In other markets where there is a genuine incentive to sell cleaner vehicles, consumers have a wider choice available to them and can purchase the car that they want and that suits their budget without sacrificing the environment.

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We’re Being Left Behind

A lack of fuel efficiency standards in Australia makes it more difficult to get an electric vehicle (EV) with current demand massively outstripping supply. The few electric vehicles coming into the country are selling out within minutes, there is a massive waiting list for cars - and some second hand cars are even selling for more than the original purchase price!

It’s time to Electrify Everything.
 First stop:  transport. 

What actually is a Fuel Efficiency Standard (FES)?

A fuel efficiency standard is the first step to opening up the Australian market to more EVs and ensuring that demand for them can be met.

Fuel efficiency standards are rules that require vehicle manufacturers to reduce the amount of pollution from the vehicles they sell. The standards put a limit on the total average emissions across all cars sold by each manufacturer, incentivising the development and sale of more efficient vehicles, to balance out the sale of more polluting vehicles. Manufacturers are then liable for fines and penalties if their vehicles don’t meet the required standards. The standards improve over time, eventually reaching a point where only zero emissions vehicles can be sold. 

Other major markets like the UK and EU will see petrol cars phased out by 2030 or 2035. And many major auto manufacturers will stop making petrol cars in similar time frames. The introduction of fuel efficient standards in Australia would push manufacturers to send more EVs to Australia, which will increase the range and affordability of vehicles on offer and help drive rapid investments in electric vehicle infrastructure.

Unless the Federal Government urgently introduces fuel efficiency standards, Australia will continue to be left behind with dirty, polluting transport that impacts both our climate and the health of all Australians.

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