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Clean Car Standard scheme

Waka Kotahi is pleased to be supporting the Government COemission reduction policies by delivering the new Clean Car Standard scheme, which was announced by the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and the Minister of Transport, Michael Wood, on 28 January 2021.

The scheme forms the central pillar of a range of initiatives that tackle transport sector COemission levels.  

The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019 requires COto be reduced to net zero by 2050. As transport is responsible for 47 percent of New Zealand’s domestic CO2 this target cannot be achieved without largely decarbonising transport. 

Two-thirds of our transport emissions come from light vehicles - cars, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), vans, utes and light trucks, all under 3.5 tonnes. Therefore low-emission light vehicles offer a substantial, achievable and cost-effective opportunity to decarbonise.

The Clean Car Standard scheme focuses on the supply of vehicles coming into New Zealand. Vehicles with a high COemission rating will incur a fee. The higher the COrating the greater the fee. For vehicles that are below a set standard, the importer will receive a credit that can be used to offset fees. In this way importers are encouraged to bring cleaner cars into New Zealand.

Waka Kotahi will be working with Industry bodies and importers to ensure the scheme works well for all parties. In 2022 there will be a significant effort to ensure those affected are aware of the changes and know how the scheme will work.

Frequently asked questions 

Clean Car Standard scheme (Ministry of Transport)(external link)