UK government rolls out green fuel scheme


LONDON�UK Environment Minister Michael Meacher Thursday put out an open invitation to fuel producers, automobile manufacturers, and environmental groups to submit information on a range of environmental, health and safety, and vehicle performance issues as part of a government initiative looking into alternative fuels.

The so-called Green Fuel Challenge, first launched in by the governing Labour party in its Pre-Budget Report in November, aims to "stimulate industry to propose practical options to conventional fuels," said the UK Department of the Environment, Transport, and the Regions in a statement.

The scheme targets fuels that will reduce emissions of local pollutants and greenhouse gases, as well as helping to cut environmentally damaging waste products.

"The public and the government want viable green fuels," said Meacher. "The best fuels from the Green Fuel Challenge will be given significant duty reductions in the budget to achieve this aim. Partnership between the industry, environmental groups and the government can make Britain greener."

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