ENVIRONMENT Minister Greg Hunt addressed the BIAV industry breakfast on Friday announcing his first Clean Air Champion, Gary Fooks.
A key element of the Ministers National Clean Air Agenda, the Clean Air Champions will play a key role between Government, Industry and the Public.
Fooks is a founding member of AMEC and chairman of the Blue Sky Alliance – the body that links together the Outdoor Power Equipment Association and AMEC.
The Alliance’s first public program is a product labelling scheme. Small engines that are low emitters and meet the proposed standard, be it an outboard, lawn mower or chain saw, will soon be seen with the “BSAM Label”.
AMEC applauded Minister Hunt's announcement for progress on marine engine regulations as a key improvement for the environment.
The Victorian Boating Industry Association called for the support of National Clean Air Legislation by State Governments to cover outboard motors, lawn mowers, generators and all small petrol engines which is expected to be considered at the next meeting of Environment Ministers.
BIA Victoria CEO Steven Potts said with a large proportion of outboard motors already having United States or EU emissions accreditation the legislation is important to bring Australia into line with international standards.
The Victorian boating industry is fully supportive of the strategy being undertaken by Greg Hunt, and supported by manufacturers, industry and community groups.
"The introduction of a National Clean Air Standards Legislation is a critical strategy to improve air quality and the health of future Australian generations in personal situations at work, at home and undertaking leisure activities such as gardening and lawn mowing," said Potts.