Media Releases


April 11, 2019

According to the Morrison Government’s own analysis, Labor’s vehicle emissions standards will deliver fuel savings to Australia worth $27.5 billion by 2040, saving motorists over $500 per year in fuel costs.
Those are the figures the Liberal Government used in 2017, when it said it would introduce vehicle emissions standards. The Climate and Energy Minister of the day, Josh Frydenberg, said “Improving the efficiency of vehicles is part of this (emissions reduction) goal, which can assist in lowering the household and business fuel bills of Australians”
Now the Liberals are running an unhinged fear campaign based on outdated and flawed modelling claiming vehicle fuel standards are bad for consumers and will increase car prices by $5,000.
This modelling assumed that car prices increase purely as a result of additional R&D to meet vehicle emissions standards.
As the report states, it assumes “manufacturers are forced to go back to the drawing board and invest (fully) in new lines of R&D that will deliver the required fall in emissions intensity”.
In reality, manufacturers need no new R&D to meet Labor’s proposed standards. Global car makers already produce models that meet stricter standards in other countries.
Any additional R&D costs and resulting car price increases from vehicle emissions standards are borne by the first countries to implement vehicle emissions standards, not by countries lagging behind the global market, which Australia is.
As the Government stated in 2017, “Mandatory fuel efficiency or CO2 emissions standards for light vehicles are in place in approximately 80 per cent of the global light vehicle market, including the United States, the European Union, Canada, Japan, China and India.”
The idea that the global industry will need to increase its R&D and “go back to the drawing board” in order to meet Australian standards is laughable.
This report didn’t even acknowledge the advent of electric vehicles, with not one mention of a technology which will make it even easier for manufacturers and the fleet to meet any average fleet standard.
This is just the latest in a long list of examples of Liberals using dodgy modelling to attack climate action that will save, not cost, Australian families money.