Product Emissions Standards for Consumers
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Narrator: Meet Clive.
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Clive loves the great outdoors.
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Clive is clever with his money and shops for the best deals online.
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Unfortunately, some of these products he bought online from overseas don’t meet Australia’s emission standards.
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He could now be liable for a hefty fine.
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If you’re buying outdoor power equipment or marine engines online, check before you choose.
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Ask for proof that the product meets our emission standards.
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Products that meet our emission standards lower air pollution; good for you and good for the environment.
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To find out more go to environment.gov.au/consumers.
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Authorised by the Australian Government Canberra.
Australia has introduced emissions standards to reduce air pollution and improve Australia’s air quality. The standards apply to new spark-ignition outdoor power equipment and marine engines. These products can only be supplied in Australia if they meet the emissions standards.
You need to make sure these products meet the standards if you are:
- an Australian importer or manufacturer
- a retailer selling to Australian consumers
- buying online from an overseas seller.
Types of products
The standards apply to new, petrol and gas powered spark-ignition:
- outdoor power equipment rated at or below 19kW or 25.5 horsepower, such as lawnmowers, generators and chainsaws
- marine engines, such as inboards, outboards and personal watercraft.
See a list of typical products covered by the standards.
Second-hand products are not covered by the standards. Your older products can continue to be used and serviced. When the old products are replaced by new equipment, the new equipment will need to comply with the standards.
Buying from overseas
If you buy products from overseas, you may be listed as the importer on the import declaration. As the importer, you are liable for offences relating to the import of emissions-controlled products.
Do not buy from an online seller if they cannot provide evidence that the product meets Australia’s emissions standards.
Confirming a product is compliant
The Australian emissions standards are in line with other international standards. Our standards recognise products that are certified by other international regulatory bodies and include those from:
- the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
- Member states of the European Union
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- California Air Resources Board (CARB).
To avoid purchasing a product that does not meet the Australian emissions standards you should ask the seller if the product/s meet one of the recognised international standards listed above and to provide the relevant certification number.
If you have purchased from an overseas supplier, the certification number is used when an import declaration is made. If you are listed as the importer in the import declaration, the department may contact you regarding the product to ensure that it meets the standards.
Additional confirmation can be requested from the seller, including a copy of the certificate of conformity or a photograph of the emissions label. The emissions label is a label that is affixed to the engine by the engine manufacturer and includes the certification number.
Do not buy the product if the seller cannot provide the certificate of conformity or provide you with a photograph of the emissions label.
Contact the seller before you buy
When contacting a seller you may wish to use the sample text below.
I am writing to you to confirm whether the product you are selling meets Australia’s product emissions standards. If possible, can you please send me a copy the certificate of conformity or a photograph of the emissions label certifying the product to one of the following standards?
- United States EPA
- California Air Resources Board
- Environment and Climate Change Canada
- European Union
All your usual consumer rights apply when you shop with an Australian online business.
Exercise caution when you buy from an overseas online business. It is up to you to ensure any products you import from overseas comply with Australian standards.
Do you still have questions?
Email us at ProductEmissions.firstname.lastname@example.org