New fuel and emission standards announced

The Australian Government has announced new fuel quality and noxious emissions standards that are expected to save $6.1 billion in health and fuel costs by 2040 while putting more efficient cars on our roads.

The standards come following some startling data about the impact of noxious emissions on the health of Australians. In 2015 noxious emissions contributed to more than 1,700 deaths, 42 per cent higher than the road toll that year.

The University of Melbourne also conducted a study that found more than 11,000 Australians die prematurely every year due to transport emissions, alongside the hospitalisation of 19,000 people for related heart and lung issues.

These figures create a compelling case for action on fuel efficiency standards following extensive consultation with industry and government in the formulation of the new policy.

From the end of next year all new versions of new cars sold must comply with the Euro 6d noxious emissions standards. This is accompanied by a reduction in the amount of aromatic hydrocarbons in RON ’95 petrol with all petrol vehicles on our roads able to use the new grade. This will not impact existing 91 and 98 RON petrol grades.

These changes bring Australia in line with 80 per cent of the global car market, including the US, Canada, the EU, United Kingdom, China, Korea and India.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Catherine King said the changes would save lives.

“The changes, along with Fuel Efficiency Standards are part of delivering cleaner, cheaper to run cars and tackling transport costs for Australian families and businesses,” Minister King said.

“Tightening Australia’s noxious emissions standards will prevent deaths caused by toxic air pollution.

“Noxious emissions contribute to strokes, respiratory illnesses and cancer and equivalent standards have already been introduced in countries such as the US, China, India and Japan.”

The government will work with industry and consumer groups to communicate the changes to motorists before the improved fuel standard comes into effect.

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