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Federal Government opens consultation for fuel quality

The Federal Government has opened consultation to the public on improving fuel quality in Australia.

The impact statement as it stands looks to bring Australian fuel standards in-line with Euro 6D. Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen said reaching this standard would allow Aussie car buyers a larger selection of environment-friendly vehicles.

“Adopting Euro 6D will improve the choice Australian consumers have when buying their next car, supporting more model choices that cost less to run,” he said.

“Closer alignment with best-practice international fuel standards would ensure that consumers will have confidence that new vehicles will operate effectively in Australia.”

The impact statement states that lowering aromatics in one grade of ‘premium’ petrol to 35 per cent will allow for Euro 6D standards to be met and new vehicles to be available by 2025.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Catherine King said the value for lowering noxious emissions in fuel would be valued at $4.6 billion.

Room for improvement: FCAI

The consultation has been given the tick of approval from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI). Chief executive Tony Weber stated auto manufacturers had been calling for an improvement to Australia’s fuel quality standards for more than 10 years.

“Currently, we have some of the worst quality petrol in the advanced world. We are pleased to see the government flag action on 95RON petrol as their preferred option in this consultation process.”

Weber added, however, he’d like to see the scope of the investigation expand to include 98RON and 91RON as well.

“These are complex issues and the FCAI will work with policy makers. The government work underway on an electric vehicle strategy, fuel quality and ideally a fuel efficiency standard, will support an increase in zero and low emission vehicles on Australia’s roads.”

You can find more on the draft regulation impact statement here.

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