Statement: Decarbonising off-grid homes

8th August 2023

“Many of our off grid customers live in rural communities, with older properties who face real and serious challenges about how to decarbonise their home heating. They have told us they need to be given a choice of how they can do this in an affordable way which results in minimal disruption.

This is the reason why our industry, over the last 2 years, has invested time, effort and money – without government subsidy – in developing a solution using renewable liquid fuel as a replacement fuel for kerosene.

We have successfully demonstrated this solution in 150 sites across the UK, including churches, schools, historic building buildings, pubs and residential homes. The conversion from oil to these renewable fuels can be done quickly, at a reasonable upfront cost and without disruption, and it results in immediate reductions in carbon emissions.

Our industry, members and customers are urging the Government to support George Eustice’s amendment to the Energy Bill, which will bring the cost of these fuels down for consumers, as they already have in transport while costing the taxpayer nothing.”

Ken Cronin, Chief Executive of UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) and Paul Rose, Chief Executive of OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association)

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