The FCAI fully supports the announcement by Federal Ministers the Hon Chris Bowen and
the Hon Catherine King on the Government’s intention to build a detailed strategy to
reduce vehicle emissions and increase zero and low emission vehicle options to

“This is the kind of courageous intent we have been seeking from our Federal Government
and it is a major step on our journey to delivering low emission vehicles to Australian
customers,” according to FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber.

“We have publicly advocated for a Government mandated CO2 target for many years.”

The direction is consistent with an approach outlined by the FCAI on 24 July 2020 when it
stated: ‘The FCAI strongly supports a comprehensive approach to addressing motor
vehicle emissions that includes fuel quality standards, the introduction of Euro 6 and the
introduction of a challenging but realistic, achievable and market relevant CO2 standard’.

“The nationally led cooperative approach, supported by State and Territory Governments
and relevant stakeholders, will help to build a comprehensive strategy that includes the
complexities of vehicles, infrastructure, taxation, and incentives that are critical to
achieving our climate change ambitions.

“It also is critical to ensure all Australians are included, rather than excluded because of
where they live and what they can afford, and ensure ambition is matched with reality.

“We support Minister King’s comment that: ‘We’re committed to ensuring an Australian
vehicle market provides consumers with easier access to affordable and popular cars,
including EVs that are better for the back pocket and the environment’.”


About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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