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Joint Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Transport and Regional Services
John Anderson MP
Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads
Jim Lloyd MP

5 August 2004

Australian Government promotes greener cleaner cars

For the first time, potential car buyers will be able to go online to find out the environmental performance of new cars sold in Australia.

Launching the Australian Government website in Canberra today, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, announced it was a world-leading internet tool rating vehicles according to their impact on the environment.

"This new internet guide will help consumers to compare how different vehicles rate environmentally and allow them to make choices that benefit the environment," Mr Anderson said.

"It is important that people think about environmental issues when buying cars that suit their own transport needs. These needs are different from person to person. I, for example, drive a four wheel drive (4WD) when I am in my vast regional electorate, and on my farm. Every farmer knows that a 4WD is important on the farm, but a large 4WD isn't for everyone.

"The guide highlights that not all motor vehicles have an equal impact on the environment. Within any class of vehicles there are vehicles that emit fewer air pollutants or greenhouse gases, as well as those that don't perform so well. The guide will provide consumers with a greater capacity to choose vehicles that match their transport needs at a lower cost to the environment."

Senator Campbell said the Green Vehicle Guide would help car buyers compare the air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions performance, as well as fuel consumption, of new vehicles.

"The aim of the guide is to promote interest in cleaner greener motor vehicles and help decrease both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution in Australia. The website is very comprehensive and contains information on light vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes including passenger cars, 4WDs and light commercials," Senator Campbell said.

"The Green Vehicle Guide is a direct and powerful tool to make potential car buyers aware of the environment impacts of different vehicle models and to allow them to make a choice that will be of benefit to them individually, and to the wider community."

Mr Lloyd said all of the ratings within the guide were based on recognised test standards for measuring and regulating motor vehicle exhaust emissions, allowing direct comparison of individual models.

"The Government especially acknowledges the support of vehicle manufacturers who played a key role in making the Green Vehicle Guide a reality," Mr Lloyd said.

Mr Anderson said the project demonstrated the good will between the Australian Government and industry, who had worked together to promote environmental benefits as a desirable sales feature.

"As well as helping car buyers, the guide will provide car manufacturers marketing good performers with simple objective measures of environmental performance. They will be able to use this information in advertising and marketing of new vehicles to achieve a competitive edge."

Commonwealth of Australia