We’ll get healthier babies
Canberra will tighten emission controls, writes Paul Gover
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.