Leader calls for Government to push ahead with legislation to boost Tees Valley business

Published: 7th Dec 2017

THE Leader of Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and a leading businessman have called on the Government to push ahead with legislation which would give the Tees Valley economy a boost.

Cllr Sue Jeffrey and Grant Pearson, Commercial Director of Ensus Ltd which has a bioethanol plant in Wilton near Redcar, want the Government to progress with new legislation to ensure 10% of green 'bio fuels' are used in petrol cars.

The move would increase demand at the plant and Cllr Jeffrey and Mr Pearson have timed their plea to coincide with the visit of Department for Transport minister Chris Grayling to Teesside tomorrow, Friday 8 December.

Legislation to increase 'E10' fuel, doubling the amount of more environmentally-friendly bioethanol in petrol from five to 10 per cent, has already been introduced to parliament but Cllr Jeffrey and Mr Pearson want the process speeded up.

Cllr Jeffrey said: "We're not asking the Government to do anything that it isn't already committed to. We just want legislation to progress quickly for the benefit of our economy and the environment. We are extremely proud of our world-class industries here on Teesside and theres so much potential for them to grow but we need the Government to back us all the way. We hope Mr Grayling will hear our call."

Mr Pearson said: "The introduction of E10 fuel would help the Government hit its target to reduce harmful emissions into the environment and would obviously help our business and the wider Tees Valley economy. We know that officials in the Department for Transport are supportive but we also want ministers to be involved in the process which could benefit the environment and the entire country. They've done the work and were just asking them to get it over the line."

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