THE Boating Industry Association welcomes the recent announcement from the Department of the Environment confirming Minister Frydenberg’s decision to introduce marine engine emission standards under the National Clean Air Agreement.
With a date of July 1, 2018 announced for commencement of new regulations, BIA National CEO Howard Glenn said: “We welcome the certainty this decision provides for our members who are now able to plan new product development with a clear understanding of how future regulation and standards will impact their products and businesses.”
Noting the extended transition of the full implementation of the regulations through to July 2019, Mr Glenn said the BIA was very pleased the department had been able to provide a long phase-in period, allowing industry to ensure any non-compliant product stocks they hold have been appropriately cleared.
The BIA also noted the decision not to include evaporative emission standards at this time, but to undertake further consultation with industry. The BIA will ensure boat manufacturers are represented in these consultations, and aims to see an agreement on these standards as soon as possible.
“The boating industry and boaters are very protective of the marine environment and play a big role in maintaining the quality of our waterways,” Mr Glenn said. “These standards are a small but important contribution to continuous improvement in environmental management.”
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