Green Fuel Could Bring Thousands More Jobs - NFU
least 10,000 new jobs would be created in the UK countryside in
the next two years if the fledgling "green fuel" industry
gets off the ground, according to the NFU.
wheat, sugar and rape to turn into "bio-fuels" to power
the country's vehicles could help to offset many of the 60,000 job
losses in the farming industry in recent years, the NFU believes.
the much-needed boost to the rural economy depends on the Government
providing the tax relief necessary to encourage the investment required
to develop the emerging industry to its full potential.
thousands of rural jobs would be created in crop production, the
construction of new plant and machinery, and the operation of processing
facilities for the new fuel with the potential for many more in
make bio-fuels more competitive at filling stations, NFU Alternative
Crop Uses Chairman Rad Thomas has been lobbying for 30p per litre
tax relief on all liquid bio-fuels in next month's pre-Budget statement
instead of the current 20ppl, which is not even available for all
other EU countries such as Germany and France, the state levies
little or no duty on bio-fuels.
companies are most likely to blend the new green fuel with traditional
petrol and diesel supplies. Customers at the pump would notice no
difference in the fuel they purchase.
Thomas said: "Literally thousands of desperately-needed jobs
could be created if this new industry takes off.
are not saying this is a panacea, but the production of bio-fuels
could be a major factor in turning around the current rural economic
crisis, not forgetting the major environmental benefits.
Government must grasp the opportunity it has in the pre-Budget statement
to help this fledgling industry become a mainstream fuel provider."
Rapeseed oil can be chemically altered to produce bio-diesel while
sugary or starchy crops like wheat can be fermented and distilled
into bio-ethanol. The NFU believes the bio-fuel industry could meet
over 5% of the UK's road fuel needs. The use of bio-fuels instead
of carbon fuels saves about 50% of carbon emissions.