Climate Council calls for auto peak body to stop “blocking the road” ahead of EV summit

18.08.22 By
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AHEAD OF TOMORROW’S Electric Vehicle Summit in Canberra, the Climate Council is asking the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) to clear a path for fuel efficiency standards that will save Australians money and lower emissions.

Dr Jennifer Rayner, Climate Council Head of Advocacy, said: “Last year, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) member firms Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Volvo sold over half a million new cars into the Australian market. Most of those were dirtier and less efficient than the cars they sell overseas. 

“Australians are left paying the price for that dirty transport fleet many times over. We pay at the petrol pump because less efficient cars guzzle more fuel and we pay in rising transport pollution, which is fueling climate change and harming our health.” 

“The FCAI must arrive at the Electric Vehicle Summit with a stronger plan for fuel efficiency standards that prioritise and protect Australians over their own profits.” 

“FCAI’s members selling dirty, inefficient cars into Australia well into the 2040s is not an option if we want to achieve the deep emissions cuts needed this decade to avoid the worst effects of climate change. 

“The vehicle industry must do its bit towards Australia’s new target of cutting emissions by at least 43 percent by 2030 otherwise which other parts of our economy and community will have to do more?” 

“Introducing strong fuel efficiency standards is the best way to cut costs for Australians and cut our emissions for the future. The FCAI must not stand in the way of real change. It needs to stop blocking the road.”

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