BRP Australia and The Haines Group support Australian government in its fight against air pollution


BRP'S Clean Air Technology Excellence Award"

03/10/07: Two of Australia's leading marine companies, the Haines Group, distributor for Suzuki Marine, and BRP Australia, distributor of the Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines, have joined to support the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull in his fight against urban air pollution.

Greg Haines, Managing Director of The Haines Group and Gregoire Dupont, General Manager for BRP Australia, say their companies have already taken steps to achieve environmental sustainability.

Greg Haines said The Haines Group totally supported the government's commitment to cleaner engine technology and would be more than happy to stop the importation of high emission engines as soon as the government legislates against them.

“In the absence of legislation, companies were forced to import old technology engines to compete with some manufacturers who continue selling traditional carburetted 2-stroke engine technology.

“We believe dirty technology should be phased out and that the outboard marine industry should be given more recognition from government for the design technology and innovation they are introducing to fight pollution, he said.

"In 2005, BRP was the first marine engine manufacturer to ever be awarded the "Clean Air Technology Excellence Award" by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for its 2-stroke direct injection Evinrude E-TEC outboard engine", said Gregoire Dupont. see related story: EPA Clean Air Excellence Award

This award recognises and honours individuals and organisations that have taken the risks of innovation, served as pioneers in their fields, and have helped to improve air quality. Following that recognition, BRP decided to become an all E-TEC company, as it relates to its outboard engine business.

To win this award, BRP demonstrated that E-TEC is an advanced two-stroke direct injection technology for outboard engines that produce lower exhaust emissions - including lower carbon monoxide emissions - than four-stroke engines, providing a cleaner, quieter and safer boating environment.

The Evinrude E-TEC engines meet stringent EPA, European Union (EU), and 2008 California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-Star ultra-low emissions standards.

To responsibly manage and educate outboard engine purchasers, BRP and Suzuki have driven the Voluntary Outboard Emissions Labelling Scheme (VELS) on all their outboard engines since its introduction twelve months ago. see related story: Voluntary Emission Labelling Scheme

VELS is a simple labelling system ranging from zero (high emission) to three stars (low emission) and is consistent with CARB three star and EU emission standards - considered among the world's best practices for emissions.

“We are committed to working together on ensuring the sustainability of the marine industry in Australia, through marketing cleaner technologies and promoting sustainable recreational boating for all pursuits,” concluded Gregoire Dupont.

Three star outboard engines such as Evinrude E-TEC or Suzuki 4-stroke outboards generate about 0.17 kg of harmful emissions per hour compared to carburetted two-stroke engines that emit 20 times or about 3.6 kg per hour.

The use of low-emission outboard engines is currently being written into the eco-certification requirements for the Great Barrier Reef tourist operators by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). A move applauded by the two companies.

Grégoire Dupont

Greg Haines
The Haines Group

For further information on the Evinrude E-Tec product range visit:
The Master Catalogue: Evinrude Section.