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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.

In January 2021, the Government agreed to introduce the Clean Car Standard – a Co2 emissions standard for imported new and used light vehicles.

We expect legislation to implement the Clean Car Standard will be introduced in 2021, with the policy taking effect in 2022, although any charges on suppliers who do not meet the Standard will not apply until the beginning of 2023.

The work to date

03
Jun 2021

Clean Car Discount Announced

The Government has announced new measures to take action on reducing transport emissions to help meet New Zealand’s 2050 carbon neutral target.

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02
Jan 2021

Introduction of carbon dioxide emission standard for imported new and used light vehicles announced

The Government agreed to introduce the Clean Car Standard – a Co2 emissions standard for imported new and used light vehicles. We expect legislation to implement the Clean Car Standard will be introduced in 2021, with the policy taking effect in 2022, although fees on suppliers will not apply until the beginning of 2023

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01
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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