Australia’s auto industry released the 2021 results of its industry-led voluntary emissions standard on Tuesday, and while there is clear progress, Australia remains a global laggard, with no directed emissions targets or mandated by the federal government.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), Australia’s leading organization representing companies that distribute new passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, motorcycles and off-road vehicles, announced the results of the survey on Tuesday. voluntary emissions standard it set in 2020.
FCAI’s voluntary emissions standard aims to set a 2030 target for passenger cars and light-duty SUVs of less than 100 grams of CO2 per kilometer (gCO2/km) and 145 gCO2/km for heavy-duty SUVs and commercial vehicles lightweight (MC+NA), all by 2030 .
The 2021 results show an average for MA vehicles (PCs and light SUVs) of 146.5gCO2/km, down slightly from 150gCO2/km in 2020 and the 2021 target of 150gCO2/km.
Meanwhile, for MC+NA vehicles, an average of 212.5gCO2/km was achieved in 2021, up from 218gCO2/km in 2020, but still well above the 193gCO2/km target for this year -the.
On the other hand, the EU has set an emissions target of 95gCO2/km for passenger cars between 2020 and 2024, and 147gCO2/km for vans. It sets even tougher long-term goals until 2030, and many countries will ban the sale of fossil fuel vehicles by 2030, and Norway by 2025.
So while there is progress, it seems marginal at best and suffers from the lack of federally mandated or directed emissions targets for the nation’s transportation sector. This not only affects emissions that impact the climate, but also particles that impact people’s health.
Many major automakers have made it clear that the lack of any emission standards means they have no incentive to bring electric vehicles to the Australian market. VW is not bringing any, other automakers have only made a few electric vehicles available.
The FCAI says it wants the federal government to adopt its goals and make them mandatory. But he is not in favor of their hardening to catch up with foreign standards.
“Clear and consistent national policy guidance is essential for manufacturers to prioritize new low and zero emission powertrains for the Australian market,” says Tony WeberCEO of FCAI.
“We reiterate our calls for the government to adopt the voluntary FCAI emissions standard as part of its ambition to reduce emissions in the transport sector in Australia.
“While our future is full electrification, our near-term path to reducing emissions will encompass a range of available technologies. This includes hyper-efficient internal combustion, plug-in hybrid, hybrid and full-battery electric options.
Joshua S. Hill is a Melbourne-based journalist who has written about climate change, clean technology and electric vehicles for over 15 years. He has been reporting on electric vehicles and clean technologies for Renew the economy and The Driven since 2012. His preferred mode of transportation is on his feet as he never learned to drive and his learner’s license has expired.