We’ll get health­ier ba­bies

Can­berra will tighten emis­sion con­trols, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

BABY cars sold in Aus­tralia will have to meet tighter emis­sions stan­dards as part of the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s plan to drive mo­tor­ing for­ward to­wards 2020.

Ev­ery light-class car will have to make less than 190g of CO for ev­ery kilo­me­tre by 2015, a tar­get that will drop to 155g by 2024.

Some cars al­ready make the mark com­fort­ably, in­clud­ing the 99g Audi A1 with a baby diesel en­gine.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, In­no­va­tion, Sci­ence and Re­search Sen­a­tor Kim Carr says: ‘‘Stan­dards along these lines could save Aus­tralia 2.6 mil­lion tonnes of car­bon emis­sions and 1.1 bil­lion litres of fuel worth $1.8 bil­lion ev­ery year by 2024.’’

The tar­gets are part of a widerang­ing car in­dus­try blue­print be­ing mapped for the next 10 years.

‘‘The stan­dards will be de­vel­oped in con­sul­ta­tion with the in­dus­try. We ex­pect the stan­dards to drive fur­ther green in­no­va­tion in the lo­cal in­dus­try, which will ul­ti­mately make us more com­pet­i­tive in­ter­na­tion­ally, par­tic­u­larly as Europe and the US move to manda­tory stan­dards of their own,’’ Carr says.

The CO tar­gets are in­cluded in the Au­to­mo­tive Aus­tralia 2020 Roadmap de­vel­oped in a part­ner­ship be­tween the Fed­eral and Vic­to­rian gov­ern­ments, with more than 220 peo­ple from 160 or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved.

The part­ner­ship con­sid­ered fu­ture tech­nolo­gies in 32 ar­eas and has set four key op­por­tu­ni­ties for the mo­tor in­dus­try.

They are ve­hi­cle elec­tri­fi­ca­tion; gaseous fu­els, both LPG and CNG; light-weight­ing; and ad­vanced data and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems.

‘‘It also draws at­ten­tion to com­mer­cially vi­able green tech­nolo­gies within these ar­eas,’’ Carr says.

But he says the key to the suc­cess of the Roadmap is giv­ing Aus­tralian com­pa­nies a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.

‘‘The Roadmap ac­knowl­edges the im­por­tance of re­tain­ing and strength­en­ing ex­ist­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, even as we pur­sue in­vest­ment in new tech­nolo­gies.

‘‘Our aim must be to have the com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage wher­ever we can, but not to squan­der the ad­van­tages we al­ready have.’’

Sen­a­tor Carr says he is ex­pect­ing ad­vice from the Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­try In­no­va­tion Coun­cil on how to use the Roadmap best, pro­vided he is still the min­is­ter af­ter the elec­tion on Satur­day Au­gust 21.

Clean diesel: the Audi A1 al­ready meets the emis­sion stan­dards to be de­manded by the Fed­eral Govern­ment.

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