Australian Government, Department of Infrastructure and Transport
[Green Car Congress post] The Australian Government has released a discussion paper outlining the issues involved in the setting of mandatory standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from passenger vehicles from 2015. The planned CO2 standards will complement the Government’s carbon price scheme and help to reduce carbon emissions from light vehicles.
The paper does not set targets, but asks industry and the community to help shape the new standards by presenting possible approaches for consideration and debate. The issues discussed in the paper fall into two broad categories: the emissions target(s) to be established under the standards; and the most appropriate regulatory framework for implementing the standards.
The views received in response to the discussion paper will help the Department of Infrastructure and Transport to develop an implementation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS), which will set out options to implement the new standards. The RIS will also include a benefit-cost analysis and will be formally released for public comment…