Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

The case for light vehicle emissions standards in Australia

Kathryn Smith, Australian Climate Change Authority

2nd Sep 2014  - Lecture Theatre 2 (Room 112), Level 1, St James Campus, The University of Sydney, 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney, NSW 2000


This presentation gives an overview of the Climate Change Authority's recent report on the case for a light vehicle carbon dioxide emissions standard in Australia. The Authority is an independent statutory agency, established to provide expert advice on Australian climate change policy. This work extends a previous Authority report which noted that the transport sector is a significant and growing source of emissions and recommended that the government investigate the near-term introduction of fleet-average carbon dioxide emissions standards for light vehicles. The latest paper draws on commissioned modelling to demonstrate the net private and social benefits of standards and provides detailed proposals for the design of an Australian standard.


Kathryn Smith is a Review Director in the Australian Climate Change Authority and an environmental and public policy economist specialising in climate change policy design and assessment. She has previously worked at Vivid Economics, a London-based economics consultancy specialising in energy and climate economics, and as a Special Adviser at the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.