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Climate pollution and petrol bills coming down as New Vehicle Efficiency Standard set to pass Parliament

The Climate Council 2 mins read

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURSDAY 16 MAY 2024

 

Climate pollution and petrol bills coming down as New Vehicle Efficiency Standard set to pass Parliament

AUSTRALIA IS OFF AND RACING on the road to cleaner cars that are cheaper to run, with the New Vehicle Efficiency Standard securing the support of Federal Parliament today. This reform is decades overdue, however, with the standard set to start next year, Australians will finally have access to more low and zero emissions vehicles already being sold in their millions overseas.   

Climate Council CEO, Amanda McKenzie, said: “Australia has locked up the garage for good when it comes to expensive, polluting cars. This is a win for the climate, a win for our health, and a win for all Australians – whether they drive a car or not. 

“This law will see Australia slash climate pollution from one of our biggest sources, steering the transport sector towards a cleaner future. We look forward to seeing the positive impacts this important change will have on our hip-pockets, our health, and our environment.”

Climate Council Head of Policy and Advocacy, Dr Jennifer Rayner, said: “The New Vehicle Efficiency Standard sends a clear message to car manufacturers: it’s time to clean up your act. Manufacturers can no longer treat Australia as a dumping ground for dirty, inefficient cars. 

“This reform is an important step towards slashing climate pollution further and faster this decade, and a great example of what a progressive Parliament can deliver when it puts our kids’ futures first. We need to see more action like this, more often.”   

ENDS

For interviews please contact Zerene Catacutan on 0438 972 260, zerene.catacutan@climatecouncil.org.au; or the Climate Council media team on media@climatecouncil.org.au or call 0485 863 063.


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For interviews please contact Zerene Catacutan on 0438 972 260, zerene.catacutan@climatecouncil.org.au; or the Climate Council media team on media@climatecouncil.org.au or call 0485 863 063.

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