Underwhelming ‘Future Fuels Technique’ earns Australia’s 4th Fossil award of COP26 on poor transport emissions coverage

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The place Australia stands on street transport local weather coverage By way of Australia Institute

The discharge of the Australian Authorities’s ‘Future Fuels Technique’ on the eve of Transport Day of the UN Local weather Convention, with little substance to extend Electrical Automobiles takeup ensured Australia of a Fossil of the Day. That is Australia’s 4th Fossil award of COP26.

The US obtained the primary Fossil award of the day for failing to take fundamental steps to halt fossil gasoline manufacturing. Serbia obtained a 3rd place award for giving grace to huge polluters.

The Future Fuels Strategy is coverage with little management within the space of transport emissions. Whereas it does fund some public charging infrastructure, it miserably fails to incentivise electrical automobiles. It fails to incorporate any subsidies, tax incentives, or gross sales targets.

Crucially, it additionally fails to ship minimal gasoline effectivity requirements, which have been used within the  US and Europe for many years to scale back gasoline prices and car air pollution. One results of that is Australia turns into a dumping floor for outdated car expertise. It’s going to additionally constrain the variety of electrical car fashions that producers will export to Australia.

“There’s no sugar coating it, Future Fuels is a fizzer,” stated Behyad Jafari, CEO of the Electrical Car Council in a statement

“If it contained gasoline effectivity requirements and rebates it could give Australians extra alternative. The very best and most reasonably priced EVs producers are producing would make their manner swiftly onto our market.

“Gasoline effectivity requirements are absolutely the naked minimal of what you’d anticipate in any twenty first century plan.

“If Australia continues to be one of many solely developed nations with out gasoline effectivity requirements then we’ll proceed to be a dumping floor for the world’s dirtiest automobiles. It’s sadly that straightforward.

“Future Fuels is definitely an advance on the federal government’s rhetoric of the final election. The technique has recognized a few of the right advantages and pathways, nevertheless it does little to understand them.

“I welcome the progress we’ve seen, nevertheless it’s far too little too late. For a technique that has apparently taken years to jot down, it leaves a lot to be desired. Electrical automobiles current a monumental alternative for Australia not solely in decreasing air pollution, however creating an progressive business in manufacturing, expertise, and providers.

“The sector will proceed to induce the federal government to take acceptable actions that get extra automobiles to Australia and on our roads. It’s a disgrace this authorities doesn’t have the identical ambition for Australians that the electrical car business does.”

Victoria has already set a 50 % EV gross sales goal by 2030. Equally, NSW set a 50 % gross sales goal for electrical automobiles by 2031. The states are doing the heavy lifting whereas the Federal Authorities abrogates its accountability.

Richie Merzian from The Australia Institute at COP26 in Glasgow, outlines The right way to Repair the PMs Lacklustre Electrical Car Technique on this Youtube interview with Skynews

In a statement Richie Merzian highlighted:

“The Federal Authorities’s new Future Fuels Technique will battle to drive up electrical automobiles gross sales and drive down transport emissions. Norway, the worldwide chief on EVs, has pushed the transition to cheaper, quicker, and cleaner automobiles via credible insurance policies and rules,” stated Richie Merzian, local weather & vitality program director on the Australia Institute.

“The Prime Minister states his technique is about providing alternative of automobiles when in actual fact it does the other. Australia Institute’s submission on the sooner Future Fuels Dialogue Paper notes an absence of credible transport insurance policies together with CO2 emission requirements, electrical car incentives and fleet targets have been a handbrake on alternative, robbing on a regular basis Australian’s of the reasonably priced electrical automobiles which the UK and Norway take pleasure in.

“On Wednesday in Glasgow, the UK is getting ready to announce the dedication to finish the sale of recent polluting automobiles by 2035 for rich international locations and 2040 for creating international locations. Sadly, Prime Minister Morrison, again residence, has returned to the identical damaging rhetoric round not ‘forcing’ Australians to save cash and emissions by choosing electrical automobiles.

“In relation to fleets, the Authorities has chosen to not lead by instance. It might price much less to affect the federal fleet than what the Authorities lately spent on street upgrades to entry the Beetaloo gasoline basin.

“Electrical automobiles are extra reasonably priced to run and keep, safer on the roads, higher for the local weather and in style, with seven in ten Australians eager to make the swap in response to the Local weather of the Nation 2021. The Formulation E race automotive, on show on the COP26 venue in Glasgow, can be a transparent reminder that electrical automobiles gained’t simply deliver it within the race to zero emissions but additionally on the racecourse too.” stated Merzian.

UN Secretary Basic Antonio Guterres in a speech to Second Global Sustainable Transport conference on 14 October 2021, careworn as a precedence “Part out the manufacturing of inner combustion engine automobiles by 2035 for main manufacturing international locations, and by 2040 for creating international locations.”  He additionally careworn the position of presidency,  “Governments should incentivize clear transport choices, together with via requirements and taxation, and impose stricter regulation of infrastructure and procurement. ” 

Clearly Australia just isn’t listening on clear transport and decreasing transport emissions.

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US ranks first within the Fossil of the Day Award for failing to take fundamental steps to halt fossil gasoline manufacturing

Solely final week in Glasgow, President Biden was speaking sprints, marathons and ending traces within the race to internet zero. Looks like he’s had sufficient of these sporting analogies and is again to talking the language of black gold and carbon because the U.S. is about to announce a brand new oil and gasoline drilling programme off the Gulf Coast.

As fossil gasoline enabler-in-chief his administration has even outdone Trump by approving over 3,000 new drilling permits on public lands. Joe has refused to cease the Line 3 pipeline, anticipated to move 760,000 barrels per day, and is maintaining the fossil gasoline foyer proud of candy whispers of carbon seize storage and hydrogen. And the cherry on this carbon cake – the US shunned a worldwide pact to decide to a coal finish date.

Now we all know he’s ‘talked the discuss’ about stopping deforestation, taken the methane pledge, agreed to spice up local weather finance and outlined a clear vitality funding plan however till this scorching air is transformed into motion we’re not satisfied.

We could have extra religion if he used his presidential powers to declare a local weather emergency, cease Line 3 and, whereas he’s at it, finish all new federal fossil gasoline mission permits and finish oil exports. As the biggest historic carbon emitter Joe owes it to us all to pay that local weather debt after which some.

Australia is available in second place for a diabolic technique forward of Transport Day

Day two of week two wouldn’t be full with out an look by Australia. This time, on prime of their full lack of progress on a worthwhile NDC 2030 replace, or any distant plans to finish fossil fuels, on the eve of ‘Transport Day’ at COP26, good outdated PM Scott Morrison has outdone himself once more with an ‘inaction plan’ for EVs – in celebration of his love of gasoline guzzlers.

The #ScottyFromMarketing plan contains no new tax breaks, gross sales targets, subsidies, incentives to extend client EV alternative and, to cap all of it, zero enhancements to air air pollution or gasoline high quality requirements. It seems like we’ll be listening to from these V8s for an excellent whereas longer. Our wager is that transport’s going to hurry previous electrical energy because the land down underneath’s largest supply of emissions within the not too distant future.

Serbia is available in third place for giving grace to huge polluters

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic came to visit all Shakespeare (or so he thought) throughout his COP26 speech, saying : “The Earth has music for many who pay attention”. Now our resident reality checkers are fairly certain this isn’t one from the Bard of Avon. However what they’re sure of is that: “Serbia hath legal guidelines for people who doth pollute”.

The Serbian Authorities has adopted amendments to the legislation on Built-in Air pollution Prevention and Management, in favour of huge scale polluters. The Nationwide Meeting Committee for Atmosphere rubber stamped these amendments giving coal fired energy stations free reign to proceed enterprise as regular with out the required environmental permits for 3 extra years with assist from Members of the Serbian Nationwide Meeting.

It appears becoming that we finish at the moment’s fossil with a quote from Shakespeare about one thing that’s as related at the moment because it was then:

Let the clear air blow the cobwebs out of your physique. Air is medication. … I do know that our our bodies have been made to thrive solely in pure air, and the scenes through which pure air is discovered” – Troilus and Cressida


In regards to the fossils: The Fossil of the Day awards have been first introduced on the local weather talks in 1999, in Bonn, initiated by the German NGO Discussion board. Throughout United Nations local weather change negotiations (, members of the Local weather Motion Community (CAN), vote for international locations judged to have achieved their ‘finest’ to dam progress within the negotiations within the final days of talks.

About CAN: The Local weather Motion Community (CAN) is a worldwide community of over 1,500 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in additional than 120 international locations working to advertise authorities and particular person motion to restrict human0induced local weather change to ecologically sustainable ranges.

Local weather Motion Community (CAN) is a worldwide community of greater than 1,500 civil society organisations in over 130 international locations driving collective and sustainable motion to battle the local weather disaster and to attain social and racial justice. CAN convenes and coordinates civil society on the UN local weather talks and different worldwide occasions.

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