7 June 2002

How you can help biofuel lobby

BIODIESEL and bioethanol could create a new agricultural energy industry that benefits the environment, enhances farmings public image, and boosts farm profitability.

All that is needed is for government to build on the 20p duty rate rebate it has already granted on biodiesel and give these crops the same 40p duty break as fossil gas fuels, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) receive.

Heres how you can help. Paul Tipping MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons which we want you to ask your MP to support.

The motion states: That this House notes the 800,000ha of set-aside land in the United Kingdom; observes that this land could be used to produce at least 1m tonnes of biodiesel/bioethanol for road transport; and urges the Chancellor to build on his existing policy by changing the rate of duty for these environmentally friendly fuels to match the 40p/litre rebate already granted to the fossil gas fuels LPG and CNG.

The Chancellor will take notice only if a large number of MPs put their names to the motion. And they will only do that if their constituents lobby them to do so.

It is a cross party motion and any MP can sign. Please ask your MP to support this common sense appeal. Simply fill in his or her name on the form and sign it. Then post the coupon to your MP at: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.

Telephone the House of Commons Information Office on 020-7219 4272. &#42

To monitor progress of the Early Day Motion and to see if your MP has signed on the dotted line check out http://edm.ais.co.uk

Dear …………………………….. MP

As my MP, I urge you to support the EDM Motion No 1385 as I believe a UK biodiesel and bioethanol industry offers substantial benefits to both the environment and the rural economy.

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Dear …………………………………………………………………………………. MP

As my MP, I urge you to support the EDM Motion No 1385 as I believe a UK biodiesel and bioethanol industry offers substantial benefits to both the environment and the rural economy.

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