Cabinet backs natural fuel

27th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 July 2005, THE HAGUE – The Cabinet seeks to encourage the use of natural fuels through tax breaks beginning next year.

27 July 2005

THE HAGUE – The Cabinet seeks to encourage the use of natural fuels through tax breaks beginning next year.

The 2006 tax plan will outline how the use of fuels such as biodiesel and bio-ethanol will be encouraged, Agriculture Minister Veerman announced on Wednesday in a letter to the Lower House.

Natural fuels are usually more expensive than regular diesel and petrol.

Biodiesel is diesel mixed with rapeseed oil.

Wholly and partly natural fuels are attractive because cars that use them produce less sulphur and soot.

In the Lower House there have already been calls to lower taxes on biodiesel and bio-ethanol to make them more appealing to drivers. Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Poland, Belgium and Sweden have already done so.

The European Commission aims for 5.75 percent of fuel to be natural by 2010.

Increased use of natural fuel is better for the environment and makes Europe less dependent on oil-exporting countries.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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