Setting national fuel quality standards - Discussion paper 4
Environment Australia, 2001
About this paper
The set of guiding principles for the development of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 stated that fuel standards are intended to manage those fuel qualities/parameters that are known to have the potential to impact adversely on the environment. However, submissions received concerning the Commonwealth's preliminary proposal for petrol and diesel quality standards highlighted the need to develop standards for parameters that do not have a direct influence on emissions, but are linked to the more effective operation of engines. In recognition of this difference, Section 3 of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 specifies that the main object of the Act includes the regulation of fuel quality in Australia in order to allow the more effective operation of engines. It is also recognised that efficient engine operation assists in maintaining optimal emissions performance.
The Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP) in consultation with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) developed an initial proposal for standards for fuel parameters linked to the more effective operation of engines, or 'operability' standards. Given the technical expertise of these organisations, their combined proposal provides a sound basis on which to commence the development of a set of national fuel quality standards that address engine operability. Accordingly, their proposal has been used as a starting point for development of the Commonwealth's preliminary position, through this discussion paper, for regulation of various petrol and automotive diesel parameters under the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000.
This discussion paper is one of several discussion papers made available for public consultation to work towards setting national fuel quality standards. This discussion paper is now closed for public comment.
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