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What you need to know

Transport emissions are the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in New Zealand and account for 21% of all the emissions we produce. Nearly 70% of all transport emissions are from cars, SUVs, utes, vans and light trucks. We need to significantly improve their fuel efficiency and reduce their emissions.

In 2019, we consulted on introducing a Clean Car Standard and Clean Car Discount, which would apply to all new and used light vehicles registered for use on New Zealand’s roads for the first time. These policies are about making cleaner cars a realistic choice for more New Zealanders and improving the quality of vehicles entering New Zealand.

The work to date

Jul 2019–Aug 2019

Clean Car Standard and Discount consultation

We consulted on the 2 proposals in July and August 2019. The Clean Car Standard is a vehicle carbon dioxide standard, or fuel efficiency standard. It would require vehicle importers to lower the carbon dioxide emissions of the vehicles they are importing. The Clean Car Discount is a feebate scheme that would make low emission vehicles, like electric vehicles and petrol hybrids, more affordable for Kiwis to buy.

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