Hopes meeting will fuel methanol debate
MPs to discuss alternative source for transport
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.”
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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.”