18 APR 2011
New EU rules will cause Calor to spend millions replacing brand-new tankers, to achieve less efficiency and more pollution, writes Christopher Booker.
By Christopher Booker | The Telegraph
For a perfect little vignette of the benefits we derive from our EU government, consider a problem posed to Calor, our largest supplier of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), which millions use to cook and heat their homes. Recently, the firm spent millions of pounds on a new fleet of state-of-the-art, British-built tankers, so much more efficient than those they replaced that the firm now needs 10 per cent fewer vehicles.
On July 1, however, a new EU directive comes into force, laying down Europe-wide standards for “transportable pressure equipment”. This means that Calor will gradually have to replace its new tankers with ones that are heavier, more cumbersome and carry less gas, costing them an extra £3 million a year.
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