Statement on the Energy Bill amendment on a renewable liquid heating fuel obligation

6th September 2023

A joint statement from Ken Cronin, Chief Executive of UKIFDA and Paul Rose, Chief Executive of OFTEC, following the conclusion of the Energy Bill’s Report Stage on Tuesday, 5th September, 2023.

“We are pleased that a renewable liquid heating fuel amendment to the Energy Bill, proposed by the new DESNZ Secretary of State, Claire Coutinho, following support from more than 30 MPs from across the political divide who supported George Eustice’s amendments on rural decarbonisation has been accepted.

“Rural communities deserve to have a range of options to decarbonise their homes, which reflect their view on affordability and level of acceptable disruption. The provision of drop-in replacement renewable liquid fuel provides a clear pathway to achieving decarbonisation quickly.

“This amendment will require the Department of Energy Security and Net Zero to deliver a consultation on a renewable liquid heating fuel obligation within 12 months of the Bill receiving Royal Assent.

“We will work closely with the Department to make this happen and also to meet the clear wishes of many MPs expressed yesterday to ensure this process is delivered as quickly as possible and well within that timeframe.”

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