Hopes meet­ing will fuel methanol de­bate

MPs to dis­cuss al­ter­na­tive source for trans­port

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MPS AND busi­ness own­ers have agreed to meet to dis­cuss al­ter­na­tive trans­port fu­els fol­low­ing a de­bate on Wed­nes­day last week.

The par­lia­men­tary un­der sec­re­tary of state for trans­port, An­drew Jones MP, will meet Ch­eryl Gil­lan and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Chal­font St Giles-based com­pany Zero-M to dis­cuss the fu­ture of aqua methanol.

The use of this fuel source would re­duce the in­ci­dence of air pol­lu­tion and health risks con­nected with diesel.

But Euro­pean fuel tax rules are block­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of aqua methanol and a chance to in­tro­duce a level tax base was lost in March this year.

The Trea­sury was about to in­tro­duce new rules af­ter the Bud­get but at the last mo­ment the Op­po­si­tion would not sup­port the mea­sure.

The new gov­ern­ment’s Bud­get, which will be an­nounced on July 8, of­fers another op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce a tax regime to al­low aqua methanol to be priced more com­pet­i­tively.

Mrs Gil­lan said: “I am now hope­ful that the Chan­cel­lor will take the mea­sure through on July 8, so the de­bate is meant to em­pha­sise the im­por­tance to health of en­act­ing this new fuel tax mea­sure im­me­di­ately.

“I am ask­ing the depart­ment for trans­port to com­plete the pic­ture and in­te­grate aqua methanol fully into its pub­lished strate­gies and fund­ing poli­cies.

“With­out the tax change, the launch of aqua methanol is eco­nom­i­cally un­vi­able and will not oc­cur.”

The de­bate co­in­cided with a lobby by mem­bers of the World Wildlife Fund about cli­mate change is­sues, where Mrs Gil­lan met the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of WWF, David Nuss­baum, as well as con­stituents from Che­sham and Amer­sham. Mrs Gil­lan added: “Im­por­tantly, from the cli­mate change point of

MEET­ING: Ch­eryl Gil­lan of Zero-M will dis­cuss al­ter­na­tive fu­els with MPs view, aqua methanol can also be made from a wide range of re­new­able sources, in­clud­ing, rather amaz­ingly, re­new­able elec­tric­ity and the car­bon diox­ide in the air, turn­ing that con­tro­ver­sial lit­tle cli­mate change bug­bear into a jolly good friend.”

AD­VEN­TURE: 20-year-old Sam Hol­loway, his girl­friend Becca Thubron and three of their friends, Sarah Platts, Will White and Holly Thubron, walked through the Chilterns non-stop to raise money for Can­cer Re­search UK INTREPID teenagers a fundrais­ing ef­fort. em­barked on a 24 hour Mr Hol­loway, ad­ven­ture for char­ity to orig­i­nally from Chal­font raise money for Can­cer St Giles, has also Re­search UK. com­pleted events such

20-year-old Sam as the Great North Run, Hol­loway, his girl­friend the Wind­sor Half Becca Thubron and Marathon and the friends, Sarah Platts, Bournemouth Half Will White and Holly Marathon. Thubron, took on a Be­tween them they chal­leng­ing walk man­aged to raise £650 through the Chilterns in on their Chilterns trek.

Mr Hol­loway said: “I en­joy in­spir­ing other young peo­ple to do some­thing good for char­ity, it’s im­por­tant to raise aware­ness and as my mother is a sur­vivor of 25 years now, and with­out the re­search mum wouldn’t have been cured and I wouldn’t be here.”

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