DEA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the discussion paper ‘Better Fuel for Cleaner Air’ and notes that the scope of the paper is limited to consideration of fuel quality standards while vehicle emission standards and fuel efficiency (greenhouse gas emissions per kilometre) are to be considered separately by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.
Adequate fuel standards though are necessary to achieve the objectives of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 viz
- Reduce the level of pollutants and emissions arising from fuel use that may cause health and environmental problems
- Facilitate the adoption of better engine and emission control technology
- Allow the more effective operation of engines
- Ensure where appropriate that information about fuel is provided where fuel is supplied
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