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From Climate spectator Jan 2012

The National Transport Commission (NTC) reported that in 2010, Australian-made vehicles had higher emissions than the country’s emission standards. They averaged 247 g/km compared to the nation’s average of 212 g/km. It is questionable whether the industry can significantly reduce its emissions; on average, Australian-made vehicles reduced their emissions by only 4.7 per cent from 2009.

The Australian Conservation Foundation proposed that the mandatory emission targets ought to be similar to the EU’s: 130g of CO2/km by 2015 and 95g of CO2/km by 2020. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industriesproposed lenient targets of 195g of CO2 in 2015 and 176g of CO2 in 2020. In 2010, the EU achieved emission standards of 146 g/km: 44 per cent less than Australia’s average emissions.

The Australian Government will most likely have to adopt lenient targets if it bails out the local car industry. But it is not as if the local car industry was caught unaware that it had to improve its vehicles' fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

For instance, two sets of voluntary fuel efficiency target were set in 1978 and in 1987. At the time, both targets failed because consumers' preference was for bigger cars.  More...