Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions

In October 2015, the Australian Government established a Ministerial Forum to coordinate a whole-of-government approach to addressing emissions from motor vehicles.

The Forum is chaired by the Minister for Urban Infrastructure, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, and includes the Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP.

Consultation on proposed vehicle emissions and fuel quality measures

On 11 February 2016, the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions released a discussion paper PDF: 1312 KB ReadSpeaker seeking public feedback on possible measures to reduce vehicle emissions in Australia. The discussion paper explored issues associated with the implementation of more stringent noxious emissions standards (the ‘Euro’ standards) for light and heavy vehicles, and a standards regime to improve fuel efficiency (and reduce CO2 emissions) for light vehicles. The quality of Australia’s fuel was also considered, as were complementary or stand-alone measures to address vehicle emissions.

A total of 80 submissions was received from vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers, transport operators, consumer, health and environment groups, and individuals.
Taking this feedback into account, the Ministerial Forum has released the following three consultation papers:

  • a draft Regulation Impact Statement for introducing fuel efficiency standards for light vehicles;
  • a draft Regulation Impact Statement on strengthening noxious emissions standards for light and heavy vehicles; and
  • a discussion paper on improving fuel quality standards.

The draft Regulation Impact Statements set out the estimated costs and benefits of the proposed fuel efficiency and noxious emissions standards and seek views on design elements and timing for their adoption.  
The fuel quality discussion paper builds on the recent review of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000. Further alignment of Australia’s fuel quality standards with international best practice would help to reduce harmful air pollution released by vehicles.
The three consultation papers are provided below and can also be accessed from the Department of the Environment and Energy’s website.

Submissions on the draft Regulation Impact Statements should be lodged by 5pm AEDT on Friday 10 March 2017 via email to vemissions@infrastructure.gov.au.

Submissions on the draft fuel quality discussion paper should be lodged by 5pm AEDT on Friday 10 March 2017 via email to fuel.policy@environment.gov.au.

All submissions received will be published on the Ministerial Forum’s website unless a specific request for confidentiality is made. In this case, please indicate which parts of your submission you wish to keep confidential (including your identity, if you wish to remain anonymous). To protect the privacy of individuals making submissions, personal contact details will not be published.

The Department’s privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 6274 6495.

The Government is also considering a number of other measures to encourage the uptake of lower emissions vehicles, such as the type of information provided to consumers when buying a car and support for emerging technologies.

To inform discussion around vehicle efficiency and fuel quality standards, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development commissioned research by independent expert consultants, ABMARC and IHS Markit respectively. The results of both studies are also provided below.

Consultation documents:

Additional reports:

  • ABMARC 2016 Study - Analysis of the Australian 2015 New Light Vehicle Fleet and Review of Technology to Improve Light Vehicle Efficiency PDF: 8493 KB ReadSpeaker
  • IHS Markit 2016 Study - Fuel Quality and Emissions Standards in Australia: Fuel Sulfur Impacts on Euro 6 Compliance PDF: 1650 KB ReadSpeaker