Europe’s breath of fresh air

Tough fed­eral laws mean new cars will be greener

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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

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