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Joint media release
12 September 2008
Public and industry comment is being sought on a discussion paper on measures to increase the fuel efficiency of the nation's car fleet.
We are today releasing this paper on behalf of the Australian Transport Council and the Environmental Protection and Heritage Council in response to a COAG request to investigate vehicle fuel efficiency measures aligned with international best practice.
Instead of advocating the adoption of any particular measure, the discussion paper evaluates eight potential measures to improve fuel efficiency and urges interested parties to provide their views.
The measures include:
The transport sector is the third largest and one of the fastest growing sources of carbon pollution in Australia, with more than 14 million registered vehicles on our roads.
There is no silver bullet for reducing CO2 emissions from the transport sector - instead we need a structured and measured approach to this issue.
The Australian Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme will be the primary mechanism for reducing CO2 emissions on an economy-wide basis. Reforms to address fuel efficiency will need to be complementary to the scheme to help reduce travel costs and carbon emissions for Australian motorists.
Public comment closes on 7 November 2008. The discussion paper is available at: www.environment.gov.au/settlements/transport