Clunker CRUNCH

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for the scheme do not take its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact into ac­count.

‘‘Up to 20 per cent of a car’s life­cy­cle emis­sions are pro­duced dur­ing its man­u­fac­ture, and from an en­vi­ron­men­tal per­spec­tive the op­ti­mal ve­hi­cle life is 19 years,’’ Char­ity says.

‘‘ In cal­cu­lat­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fit of the Cleaner Car Re­bate, no ac­count was taken of the emis­sions re­sult­ing from the pro­duc­tion of the 200,000 new ve­hi­cles put on the road.

‘‘Do we need to give 200,000 peo­ple $2000 of tax­pay­ers’ money to buy an im­ported car that delivers av­er­age en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance, when the car they own now could achieve sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in emis­sions per­for­mance af­ter a sim­ple ser­vice?’’

But Carr stands by the scheme and says the govern­ment is com­mit­ted to low­er­ing road trans­port emis­sions, which con­trib­ute more than 12 per cent of the coun­try’s car­bon pol­lu­tion.

‘‘The con­sul­ta­tion process will in­clude the de­tailed de­sign of the scheme and the method of its im­ple­men­ta­tion so the govern­ment can en­sure the scheme meets its ob­jec­tive.

‘‘The govern­ment is work­ing on a range of ini­tia­tives to lower road trans­port emis­sions. It is also help­ing the in­dus­try pro­duce more ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ve­hi­cles and com­po­nents through the Green Car In­no­va­tion Fund,’’ he says.

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