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Australia plans move to Euro 6 emission standards

All new cars and light commercial vehicles will need to meet Euro 6 emission standards from December 2025

The federal government has announced that new cars, SUVs and light commercial vehicles sold from December 2025 will need to comply with Euro 6d emission standards.

This will bring Australia in line with the majority of the global car market. Europe introduced Euro 6 standards in 2014, with new rules under Euro 7 emission standards expected to be enforced in coming years.

The Australian government will also reduce the amount of aromatic hydrocarbons in RON 95 petrol. All petrol vehicles on Australia’s roads will be able to use the new grade, while the existing 91 and 98 RON grades of petrol will be unaffected.

The government will align the previously announced reduction in sulphur limits for all petrol with the new, strengthened aromatics limits. Petrol supplied from December 2025 will need to comply with the new standard.

“The changes, along with Fuel Efficiency Standards are part of delivering cleaner, cheaper to run cars and tackling transport costs for Australian families and businesses,” federal minister for industry and transport Catherine King says.

“Tightening Australia’s noxious emissions standards will prevent deaths caused by toxic air pollution.

“Noxious emissions contribute to strokes, respiratory illnesses and cancer and equivalent standards have already been introduced in countries such as the US, China, India and Japan.”

Master Plumbers NSW has pushed back against the proposed change to standards, saying that they “raise substantial concerns within the trade industry”.

“The proposed shift towards Euro 6d regulations, necessitating fully electric or hybrid versions, will severely impact the efficiency, feasibility and reliability of day-to-day operations for tradespeople,” NSW CEO Nathaniel Smith says.

“Fully electric and hybrid versions of light commercial vehicles currently lack the necessary reliability and range required for spontaneously carrying heavy loads in the day-to-day operations of a contractor.

“Tradespeople heavily rely on diesel or petrol-operated light commercial vehicles to ensure the consistent transportation of tools, equipment and materials essential for their work.

“The existing limitations of electric and hybrid models hinder their ability to meet the demands of tradespeople who rely on immediate and dependable transport solutions for their contracting needs.

“The Master Plumbers Association of NSW advocates for a balanced approach that aligns environmental concerns with the operational needs of trade professionals, ensuring a sustainable and feasible transition.”

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia however says that “Australian based truck manufacturers and importers have been calling for the introduction of Euro 6 standards for years”.

“This is a vital step for Australia to keep pace with the rest of the world,” HVIA chief executive Todd Hacking says.

“Australia has been lagging in our vehicle noxious emissions standards for years now, and this move will help bring our vehicle market into the 21st century – and into line with overseas vehicle markets.”

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