Australia finalizes marine-engine emissions standards

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The Australian government’s Department of Environment and Energy has finalized exhaust emissions standards for outdoor power equipment and marine engines.

The rule will be implemented July 1. Afterward only products that meet the Australian emissions standard or have an exemption will be allowed into the country. After July 1, 2019, only products that meet Australia’s new standard or have an exemption will be allowed to be sold in Australia. The standards apply to new products, not engines that people own or engines and equipment sold secondhand.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association worked with the Australian government to allow for engines certified by the Environmental Protection Association to be considered compliant with the Australian emission regulations so they can be imported and sold in the country.

In the final rule, the Australian government said, “The US Standard is widely considered to be international best practice. The US Standard has led the world in reducing emissions from propulsion marine engines and non-road engines, and other jurisdictions are moving to align their standards with the US Standard. Canada and California follow the US Standard model. The latest EU standards (recognized in section 26 under which foreign certification is allowed) are harmonized with the current US standard for exhaust emissions. Thus, aligning the Australian emissions standards for propulsion marine engines and non-road engines with the US exhaust emissions standards will maximize the environmental and health benefits for the Australian community while minimizing compliance costs for businesses.”

The statement supports an element of the Australian marine-exhaust emissions rule that states the following; Provided that an engine is EPA-certified and labeled, it can be imported and sold into Australia.

There are cost-recovery arrangements for levies on imports to support the program that will start July 1. Levies will be paid by importers and local manufacturers that provide marine engines to Australia. Local manufacture includes the manufacture of engines and does not include the assembly of imported engines.

The NMMA has invited Declan O’Conner Cox, director of the Australian government’s Air Quality Division, to speak at the Engine Manufacturers Division meeting on Feb. 14 before the Miami International Boat Show.

Full information about the Australian standard is available here.