House of Commons
AIR POLLUTION AND RED DIESEL
Tabled 27 March 2017
This is an amendment to an existing motion
Motion originally tabled by Greg Mulholland on 15 March 2017
This is amendment number 1
"leave out from `statement;' to end and add `notes that there are many direct and indirect causes of pollution, including from particulates arising from degradation of the road surface; recognises that diesel is often the most efficient fuel to use in many circumstances, including in refrigeration units; further notes that simply increasing duty on red diesel will just mean that costs will rise and be ultimately passed on to consumers; calls on the Government as part of its review to use positive incentives, to move away from red diesel where it is shown not to be the most appropriate fuel; further calls on the Government to introduce a system of energy and emissions ratings for refrigeration units; and notes that Euro VI diesel powered HGVs emit fewer pollutants than modern diesel cars.'."
Original Motion Text
That this House welcomes the Chancellor of the Exchequer's review of red diesel usage announced in the Spring Budget 2017 statement; expresses concern at the amount of air pollution caused by diesel-powered transport refrigeration units; notes that those units can emit up to six times as much nitrogen oxide and almost 30 times as much particulate matter as a Euro 6 truck engine; further notes that those units are often run on red diesel, which is subsidised by HM Treasury; believes that subsidising red diesel inhibits the Government's plans to support the development and take-up of cleaner technologies; notes that if the UK's 84,000 transport refrigeration units became zero emission it would equate to taking 4 million Euro 6 diesel cars off the UK's roads; and therefore urges the Government to act and end red diesel subsidies for transport refrigeration units.