The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has announced a new industry-led reporting system, the FCAI CO2 Emissions Standard, which sets out industry and brand CO2 emissions reduction targets at 2030.
The new Standard is a long-term objective which the FCAI states will recognise that different brands will follow different paths towards the target depending on their individual model cycles. For this reason, and to contribute to Australia’s commitment to the Paris agreement, the Standard is set across a ten-year period to 2030.
The postponement of any recommended implementation for a further decade indicates the obstructive and lax attitude of the Australian car importers, failing to embrace tighter emissions standards that are already in place across Europe and Asian countries such as South Korea.
This move by the FCAI is a direct contrast to the independent action of truck manufacturers such as MAN, DAF, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and IVECO that have already moved to standardise on Euro6 emissions compliant vehicles imported and already on sale in Australia, ahead of any planned legislation by the Morrison Government.