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.