Cornwall based fuel distributor has converted nearly 50 sites to HVO

11th May 2022

Cornwall based fuel distributor Mitchell and Webber, which has been supplying liquid fuel to homes and businesses across Cornwall and Devon for over 120 years, converted the first oil property to HVO in November 2020.

Since then, the firm has significantly expanded the rollout and has now transitioned nearly 50 sites in the Kehelland area to HVO, from domestic homes to businesses as well as two churches, two schools and a pub.

“We’ve very pleased with the progress we’ve made and the conversion process has been very straight forward. Our technicians have reported how clean the system is even after several months running HVO and our customers are very happy, even saying how they’ve forgotten they’re using a greener fuel as it works in exactly the same way as kerosene.” John Weedon, director at Mitchell and Webber

An HVO Project Update from Mitchell and Webber

Mitchell and Webber is participating in the HVO demonstration which is being led by trade associations OFTEC and UKIFDA, in partnership with fuel distributors and technicians, as part of the Future Ready Fuel campaign. The industry is self-funding the project and is investing over £800,000.

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil, otherwise known as HVO, is derived from used cooking oil and has been certified as sustainable by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC). It immediately reduces emissions by 88% and works in existing oil heating systems following a simple £500 conversion.

The transition to the low carbon fuel can be completed as part of a normal service and is seen as a more attractive alternative to heat pumps, which can be expensive and disruptive to install in homes off the gas grid with poor insulation and low energy efficiency.

The two trade associations are calling on the government to back a wider rollout of the renewable liquid fuel HVO to continue to grow following the announcement that over 100 oil heated properties across the UK have now converted to the fossil-free kerosene alternative. (Read more here)

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