On the road again: Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions

THE Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions met recently to progress the Turnbull Government's commitment to reduce Australia's vehicle emissions.

Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher and Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg resolved to advance the work the Forum started before the Federal Election. 

“The Ministerial Forum was established to examine options to reduce emissions from motor vehicles and improve air quality in our cities,” Mr Fletcher said.

“We are determined to build on the consultations we initiated prior to the election and deliver emissions reductions in our vehicle fleet.

“The Turnbull Government recognises that the vehicle emissions reform agenda raises issues which need to be carefully considered, including for their impact on motorists, the automotive sector and others.”

Mr Frydenberg said vehicles accounted for around 17 percent of Australia's emissions and reductions in this area were an important part of the Turnbull Government's broader strategy.

“The government has committed to reducing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions so they are 26–28 percent below 2005 levels by 2030,” Mr Frydenberg said.

“Since the Forum was announced in October, we have held formal roundtable discussions with industry and consumers and have invited the public to comment on a vehicle emissions discussion paper.”

More than 80 submissions have been received so far and will inform the development of draft regulatory impact statements on emissions, fuel efficiency measures and fuel quality standards.

Mr Fletcher said the government expected to release these impact statements before the end of the year for public comment.

The interdepartmental working group supporting the Forum will then report in the first half of 2017 on a draft implementation plan for new measures.



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