Europe’s breath of fresh air
Tough federal laws mean new cars will be greener
only minimal impact on showroom stickers, while saving more than $1.5 billion on health spending for smogrelated illness over 20 years.
‘‘ The savings in terms of our environment, the health of our kids, is much greater than that minimal increase in cost,’’ says Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, whose Commonwealth Car of choice is a Ford Falcon.
He also believes there will be no impact on the local makers, all of which are preparing major model updates soon, including a four-cylinder engine for the Ford Falcon. Extra investment will be required between 2015 and 2020 for model extensions.
Euro 5 gets its name because it is part of a continuing series of emissions standards developed for the European Union since 1993. Euro 6 is already under development and a timetable is being developed for Australia, following its introduction in Europe from 2014.
The new standards will mandate a 50 per cent cut to the emission of hydrocarbons, a 70 per cent cut to oxides of nitrogen and a 90 per cent cut to particulate matter.
‘‘ This is a balanced and realistic outcome, ensuring that Australian vehicle emissions will be aligned with leading international standards,’’ says Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries chief executive Andrew McKellar.
‘‘ The planned phase-in of these regulations recognises the practical impact on existing investments and the model development cycle.’’
Meanwhile, new cars on Australian roads continue to get greener. Figures on carbon dioxide emissions from the National Transport Commission show a 15 per cent fall in CO emissions from new motor vehicles over the past eight years.
All cars in showrooms must now display a sticker showing their CO emissions for every kilometre driven. Read Paul Gover’s first drive report on Ford’s Mondeo Ecoboost on Page 14