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The perfect storm of self satisfaction – greenwash wrap

By johnboy - 8 August 2008 21

Mr. Stanhope is rather pleased with himself. The fastest law in the west is going to make “Green Vehicles” stamp duty free.

    The Scheme would encourage people to buy low emissions vehicles by rewarding them with a stamp duty discount based on the environmental performance of the vehicle. Vehicles that score the highest environmental rating would attract a 100 per cent stamp duty discount while vehicles with an above average environmental performance would also pay reduced stamp duty rates.

Interestingly this appears to ignore the environmental footprint of the production of the vehicle, and by excluding second hand vehicle sales, is going to encourage some serious resource consumption in new vehicle production.

But it doesn’t end there.

We’re also congratulating ourselves for “abating” 400,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in 2007. Apparently the equivalent of 95,000 cars.

My dictionary says the definition of abatement is “the ending, reduction, or lessening of something”. Did we actually reduce emissions by this amount? Or did we pay someone who promised to plant some trees?

Apparently only 14% of the “abatement certificates” were from renewable energy so that’s lot of trees out there. I hope they don’t get sold twice.

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21 Responses to
The perfect storm of self satisfaction – greenwash wrap
Pandy 2:33 pm 08 Aug 08

No not the Hummer, but the fact that there are mercedes benz diesels that are shown to be more green over the whole of life equation than a Pious. Clarkson told me so.

jakez 12:35 pm 08 Aug 08

Thumper said :

A vegetarian hummer driver is better than a meat eating Prius driver though.

Hahahahahaha..

I’m vegan and ride a motorcycle!

Well I like the motorcycle part.

Mælinar - *spoiler 12:19 pm 08 Aug 08

WMC – they are, but the problem is you can’t make more petrol, but you can make more diesel.

(vegetable oil + alcohol = diesel + glycerin)

Thumper 12:18 pm 08 Aug 08

A vegetarian hummer driver is better than a meat eating Prius driver though.

Hahahahahaha..

I’m vegan and ride a motorcycle!

Woody Mann-Caruso 11:59 am 08 Aug 08

People are better off seeking salvation from the climate gods through a small diesel car.

Oh, definitely, although the next generation of hybrids (around 2010) look promising, and I read (where? stupid memory) last week that upcoming petrol cars are more efficient than the current batch of diesels.

Mælinar - *spoiler 11:28 am 08 Aug 08

None of them are as green as my vehicle, and it was built in the 1980s.

The maths is here:

1 vehicle with 1 occupant consuming 100l/month (a very generous estimate) still = 100l of tailpipe emissions.

1 motorbike with 1 occupant consumes 20l/month (if I fill up every week, which I don’t) = 20l of tailpipe emissions.

Notwithstanding lost revenue from pay parking (which could be used to fund green initiatives), there is a lot less to build, therefore a much smaller footprint, even if you traded in a car for a brand-new motorbike, the footprint would probably still fit inside the largesse of cars footprints.

johnboy 11:20 am 08 Aug 08

But anything which makes the Lotus Elise more affordable is to be applauded.

Deano 11:17 am 08 Aug 08

According to the Green Vehicle Guide these are some of the vehicles that will qualify for stamp duty concessions:

1 . Toyota Prius
2 . Fiat 500
3 . Fiat Punto
4 . Citroen C3
5 . Fiat Ritmo
6 . Honda Civic
7 . Peugeot 207
8 . Toyota Corolla
9 . Mercedes-Benz A200
10 . Mercedes-Benz B200
11 . Mercedes-Benz C180K
12 . Honda Civic Hybrid
13 . smart fortwo
14 . Lotus Elise
15 . Mercedes-Benz C200K
16 . Lexus GS450H
17 . Hyundai Sonata
18 . Mercedes-Benz SLK200K
19 . Lexus RX400H Hybrid
20 . Saab 9-3 Sport Combi
21 . Mercedes-Benz CLK200K

The Mercedes and Lexus dealers are in for a good year.

jakez 11:07 am 08 Aug 08

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

so called hybrid cars

No bias showing there. You’re not going to drag up the old (and repeatedly, thoroughly debunked) ‘study’ showing that a Prius is worse for the environment than a Hummer, are you?

A vegetarian hummer driver is better than a meat eating Prius driver though.

…I’m not a vegetarian.

Ralph 10:56 am 08 Aug 08

Never mind those big, heavy metal-laden batteries. The fuel saving on a Pious compared with a bog normal corolla doesn’t justify the higher price.

People are better off seeking salvation from the climate gods through a small diesel car.

Woody Mann-Caruso 10:51 am 08 Aug 08

so called hybrid cars

No bias showing there. You’re not going to drag up the old (and repeatedly, thoroughly debunked) ‘study’ showing that a Prius is worse for the environment than a Hummer, are you?

Thumper 10:51 am 08 Aug 08

Hey, at least the polar bears are happy.

Except they will now proceed to eat people to death…

johnboy 10:50 am 08 Aug 08

400,000 tonnes worth would require 400,000 tonnes of timber out at the other end.

That’s a lot of big trees.

paperboy 10:44 am 08 Aug 08

I wonder how many greenhouse credits the Government received for all the trees they’ve now planted in the Arboretum. Since the furore over the dead Wolemi’s, the Government appears to have gone crazy. There are hundreds of saplings in there now

Pandy 10:08 am 08 Aug 08

This is a disgrace. Stanhope the TOTAL carbon footprint (making the batteries etc) of the so called hybrid cars should be measured. Not just the fuel consumption/emissions.

What about a rebate for NCAP safety ratings too?

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