ARENA DRIVES AUSTRALIA TOWARDS NEW TECHNOLOGY.
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The Turnbull Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will provide a $390,000 grant to Climateworks to support the uptake of electric vehicles as part of the Government’s technology neutral approach to emissions reduction.
Speaking at the launch of the Electric Vehicle Council in Canberra, Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg said increasing the uptake of electric and lower emissions vehicles was an important part of the Turnbull Government’s broader strategy to reduce emissions.
“Passenger vehicles account for around 10 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions which means if we can reduce emissions in this area, it can help us meet our targets under the Paris Agreement,” Mr Frydenberg said.
“The uptake rate of electric vehicles in Australia is around 0.1 per cent of new vehicle sales and is projected to increase to 0.3 per cent by 2020 and 15 per cent by 2030 as electric vehicles become more price competitive. This would result in more than 12,000 electric vehicles registered in Australia by 2020, and around 1 million by 2030.”
Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the “Turnbull Government, through the Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions, is also exploring new measures to reduce noxious and greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, and improve Australia’s fuel quality.”
The Turnbull Government is also providing support for the uptake of low emissions vehicles through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), the Green Vehicle Guide and the Emissions Reduction Fund.