Share your thoughts and help shape fuel quality standards. The consultation is open until 16 December 2022.
Consultation is now open on the draft regulation impact statement (RIS) for improved fuel quality standards that would see new vehicles produce less emissions on Australian roads from 2025.
We are seeking feedback on options to improve fuel quality standards from the petroleum industry, vehicle manufacturers and the broader community.
Improved fuel quality standards would pave the way for the introduction of Euro 6d noxious emissions standards for light vehicles. ‘Light vehicles’ includes automobiles, vans, sport utility vehicles, and trucks having a gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tonnes or less. The introduction of Euro 6d means better health and environmental outcomes for the community
Together, improved fuel quality and Euro 6d noxious emissions standards would enable:
- better air quality
- improved health outcomes
- the latest and cleanest vehicle technology works as designed
- greater access to more efficient vehicles
- reduced greenhouse gases, helping to reach net zero by 2050.
New light vehicles in Australia must meet the Euro 5 standard for noxious emissions. During a 2020 consultation into the introduction of Euro 6d, vehicle importers told us that fuel quality standards need improving before the introduction of the new standard. This is because fuel quality can affect the operability of that latest emissions control systems in advanced petrol engines. We listened, and are now asking for your thoughts on the introduction of improved fuel quality standards.
We will produce a final document that considers the outcomes from this consultation on the fuel quality standard RIS and the 2020 Euro 6d consultation. The final document will inform the Government’s decision on changes to fuel quality and noxious emissions standards.
Read more about the fuel quality standards and submit a response on our consultation hub.
Submissions close 4:00pm AEDT on Friday 16 December 2022.
Media release announcing the Fuel quality standards consultation