As transport emissions accelerate, Government must deliver on strong fuel efficiency standards for a safer climate
SYDNEY, Friday 25 August 2023 – As the Federal Government’s pledge to introduce vehicle pollution caps receives “overwhelming” support, the Government must now deliver on an ambitious, strong, loophole-free standards that delivers real emissions reductions for the sake of communities, and our planet.
“Australians want access to more affordable electric vehicles, but right now, we’re being held back by a lack of strong fuel efficiency standards. Strong vehicle pollution caps will be crucial if Australia is to meet our climate targets,” Greenpeace Australia Pacific campaigner Joe Rafalowicz said today.
“Yet we know that the petrol-pushing car lobby are determined to sway policy-makers to weaken this vital climate legislation.
“We urge the Federal Government not to be distracted or delayed by any push from the petrol car lobbyists to include so-called ‘multiplier credits’ in a fuel efficiency scheme.
“In a climate crisis, we don’t have time for dodgy accounting tricks or ‘double dipping’, which petrol car lobbyists want to use to obscure their climate wrecking-emissions’
“Unlocking Australia’s supply of affordable, accessible electric cars through strong fuel efficiency standards will slam the brakes on Australia’s accelerating transport pollution, and help Australians manage record fuel prices in a cost of living crisis.
“What we need are real solutions, which means real world emissions reductions. The Australian public have spoken – they want access to safer, cleaner transport that won’t cost us the Earth or our hip pocket. A strong scheme without loopholes or accounting tricks is crucial to achieving just that,” Mr Rafalowicz added.
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