“Green” label announced for small engines
The OPEA in association with the marine engine group AMEC have developed a label and information program to help consumers make an informed environmental choice when purchasing product with non-road engines.
Under the brand ‘Blue Sky Alliance’ the program is centred on a promotional label that will only be attached to low emission outdoor power equipment. An example is product that is compliant with phase 2 or phase 3 of the USA EPA Standard, which matches the emissions standards proposed for Australia.
It is planned that Australia will have non-road emissions standards in 2016, and the label will help Australians meet the future.
The key message of the program is:
To help you make that choice today, look for our Green Label "Meets Proposed Australian Emissions Standards"
What do we mean by “proposed”?
The proposed standard that OPEA and AMEC have recommended for Australian non-road engines would see some harmful emission reduced by 90%. In our submissions to government we have proposed that Australia adopts the same standards as the USA.
In the Regulatory Impact Statement (government published document) they assumed the same USA EPA Standard. The Government’s Cost Benefit Analysis was also based on the USA EPA 2012 Standard. So the standard is proposed by industry and assumed by government.
It’s important to note that the new laws will only affect new machines, built or imported after a certain date in 2016 (yet to be declared). Currently available stock in stores; in warehouses, and purchased equipment; will not be banned. (The only exception is the boat access to certain lakes, which allow low emission outboards only.)
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