Review of the Biofuels Act

Submission cover sheet

  • Name of organisation or individual making this submission

    Anna Harvey

  • Authorised delegate/contact person

    Anna Harvey

  • Position

  • Organisation

Questions on possible options

  1. Are the objects of the Biofuels Act and Regulation still valid? Why or why not?

    The objectives of the Act are still valid. But the path to get there is wrong. Electric vehicles will improve Australias energy security and air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide Australians with cheaper transport, reduce exposure to international petrol and diesel prices, and support regional development. Rather than grow weather-dependent crops to convert to biofuel, farmers can lease out their land to solar farm operators AND grow crops or graze sheep below the panels: https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/09/crops-under-solar-panels-can-be-a-win-win/

  2. Are there any other economic, social, environmental and consumer costs and benefits associated with biofuels that Government should further consider, to ensure that the regulatory regime is effective?

    Biofuels still produce emissions and pollution (including NOx and SOx which impact respiratory health) at the point of combustion. EVs do not. Theres also the water requirements of growing and creating biofuels. PV and wind dont require much water to generate electricity to use in EVs.

  3. Are there any developments, innovations or emerging trends in the broader transport or fuel industry that Government should consider in assessing the biofuels regulatory regime?

    Yes – the rise of electric vehicles for all modes of land transport (including electric garbage trucks): https://reneweconomy.com.au/australias-first-fully-electric-rubbish-trucks-begin-collections-in-victoria-57066/

  4. Are there any entities that should be included in or excluded from the Act? If so, which entities and why?

  5. Are the definitions of volume fuel retailers and primary wholesalers adequate? If not, how could the definitions change?

  6. Does the Act appropriately balance the interests of small businesses with the broader objectives of the mandate? Please provide comments.

  7. Should the prescribed mandate for ethanol and biodiesel sales remain at the current rate? If not, how should it change and why?

  8. Are the biofuel sustainability standards adequate? Please provide comments.

  9. Are there emerging industry standards or developments that should be taken in to account when assessing and defining sustainability?

    Yes – EVs

  10. Is the exemption process for not meeting the minimum biofuels requirements adequate? Should the factors that the Minister must take in to account before granting an exemption change?

  11. What is the process like to seek an exemption? Are there any changes that could be made to ensure the process is as seamless and as user-friendly as possible?

  12. Is the Biofuels Exemption Framework and Guidelines document easy to understand and comply with? Should any of the matters outlined in the Guidelines be included instead in the Biofuels Regulation to ensure abundant legal clarity?

  13. Are the current registration, return and record keeping requirements adequate? Please provide comments.

  14. How much time approximately does it take primary wholesales, volume fuel retailers and other operators of service stations to provide the return to NSW Fair Trading?

  15. What other reporting and financial regulatory requirements are primary wholesalers, volume fuel retailers and other operators of service stations required to comply with? For example, at the Commonwealth level.

  16. Are IPART’s functions and role adequate to help achieve the objectives of the Biofuels Act? Please provide comments.

  17. Are there any other functions, research or role could IPART take in the biofuels regulatory regime?

  18. What information and data would be useful in ensuring regulation fosters a competitive biofuels industry?

  19. Is the current compliance and enforcement approach working well? Please provide comments.

  20. Is the current approach appropriate and should any changes be made (such as to penalty amounts) to make the compliance and enforcement approach more effective?

  21. Is the role and composition of the Biofuels Expert Panel still valid? Please provide comments.

  22. Do you have any other general comments on the biofuels regulatory regime? Please provide further detail.

    Support should be given to electric vehicles rather than continuing to use internal combustion engines, regardless of the fuel that is used.

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