Following the election, car manufacturers are maintaining their call for the Federal
Government to adopt the industry’s own voluntary emission reduction scheme for
Australia’s light vehicle fleet.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said now was the perfect time for the new Albanese
Government to mandate the industry scheme which has been in place on a voluntary
basis since 2020.

“The Australian public has made it clear that tackling climate change and reducing
emissions is a primary concern. As an industry we are ready to work with the new Federal
Government to transition industry’s voluntary CO2 scheme to a federally mandated one.”

Mr Weber said any government mandated scheme must be technology agnostic, realistic;
and allow automotive manufacturers to bring efficient, low emission technologies to
Australia across a broad range of engine options.

“Our members are bringing low emission technologies to market that encompass internal
combustion, hydrogen, hybrid and full battery electric systems. All of these technologies
will play a role in our short-medium term journey towards zero emissions and full

Our message to government is simple. Give us the target; we will give you the

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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