WOLLONGONG Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery has joined other civic leaders calling on the Federal Government to supercharge the country’s supply of affordable electric vehicles.
The Climate Council* have collected the names of 120 mayors and councillors from across the country, who are urging the implementation of fuel efficiency standards in an effort to bring more affordable electric vehicles to Australia.
A joint statement, released earlier this week, and signed by 120 council elected officials, including Cr Bradbery, urges the Federal Government to legislate fuel efficiency standards that:
- Are mandatory and deliver at least equivalent settings to those in other major markets.
- Give Australian drivers more choice and affordability than they have today.
- Support 100% of new vehicles sold in Australia to become zero emissions as soon as possible.
- Are reviewed and updated approximately every five years.
“We want to be part of the growing clean transport movement and champion the uptake of electric vehicles,” Cr Bradbery said.
“That’s why we’re calling on the Federal Government to implement fuel efficiency standards – it’s an absolute must for our community’s sustainable future.”
A spokesperson for the Climate Council said transport is a significant source of emissions at all levels of government – and is the third highest source of emissions nationally behind only electricity and stationary energy.
“If fuel efficiency standards had been introduced in 2016, Australia could have saved $5.9 billion in fuel costs and avoided 4,000 megalitres of imported fuel,” the spokesperson said.
“This would also have avoided 9 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – similar to the emissions from domestic aviation in a normal year.”
* The Climate Council is a climate change communications non-profit organisation formed to provide independent, authoritative information on climate change and its solutions to the Australian public. It advocates reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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