Peak automotive organisation calls for decarbonisation help
FCAI calls for Government to remove roadblocks and go the distance to help combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions.
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is the peak representative organization for companies who distribute new passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in Australia.
FCAI has released a three-point plan calling on the Government to provide infrastructure and policy direction to accelerate the decarbonisation of the automotive industry in Australia.
Chief Executive Tony Weber said the first and most important step is for the Government to set an emissions reduction target for carmakers that reflects global standards and local needs.
“Once the target is set, FCAI members are well placed to provide the technology mix needed to reach it."
“The ultimate goal is a fully decarbonised car fleet, but to get there a mix of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric and efficient internal combustion engine vehicles will be needed.”
Mr Weber said international carmakers respond to strong policy signals when allocating their limited supply of zero and low emission vehicles. At the moment Australia isn’t sending any.
“An emissions reduction target complemented by incentives will help move our nation up the global vehicle supply list and ensure Australians can access the low emission vehicles they want to drive.”
Together with setting the emissions reduction target, the three-point plan also calls for impediments to be replaced with incentives including free parking, access to transit lanes and fleet procurement targets as well as investment in the recharging network and electricity grid to meet the needs of Australia’s growing fleet of decarbonised vehicles.
To assist in building evidence based policy, FCAI commissioned research by S&P Global which can be accessed here.