Australian Environment Ministers Agree on Emissions standards “with the aim of implementing standards in the first half of 2016”.
Thursday’s (16 July) announcement by all Australian Environment Ministers confirms that Australia will adopt emissions standards for non-road engines, including outboards, PWC’s and petrol inboards, as well as lawn mowers, chainsaws, generators and brush cutters. With the final green light to be announced at the next Environment Minister’s meeting later this year, the Ministers have established a working group to draft standards and legislation by the end of 2015, “with the aim of implementing standards in the first half of 2016”.
The key part of emissions standards have been on the table since 2010. The USA standard has become the defacto world standard and that’s also the plan for Australia. Traditional two strokes won’t pass the anticipated standards, both carby and efi. Most four strokes and Direct Injection two strokes meet the toughest emissions standards. That means that around half of the outboards being sold today already meet the standard.
AS1799 Australian boat building standards was updated in 2009 to allow for heavier, low emission engines.
The proposed standards also include changes to fuel systems that will affect every boat builder and BMT retailer. Fuel systems will be more complex, with low permeation tanks and hoses, backflow valves and a carbon canister on the fuel vent. This will bring larger boats in line with car standards. Smaller systems like lawn mowers will need low permeation fuel tanks and hoses, and a tethered fuel cap.
The exact timing of regulations are yet to be decided, but the statement makes it clear that they will start in less than 12 months. What the public owns now won’t be “banned” and dealer stock won’t be affected though excessive stock piling could be restricted.
The USA started outboard emissions standards sixteen years ago. The major markets have followed including the European Union, Switzerland, Turkey, Japan, Canada and India. China introduced small engine emissions standards in 2011.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt opened the Melbourne Boat Show in June and took time to meet the boating and garden equipment industry leaders face to face. Ministers statement is at http://www.environment.gov.au/about-us/mem
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