A renewable heating oil alternative trialled by UKIFDA
Published Thursday 23 September, 2021
Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) is a fossil-free, low-carbon fuel that is currently being trialled as a renewable replacement for heating oil.
Although heating oil has been a popular choice for over 50 years, the government’s mission to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 has meant there is a need for a fossil-free heating alternative. We’re working with UKFIDA (the Trade Association for the liquid fuels distribution industry) to find practical renewable heating solutions, such as HVO, to help tackle climate change and achieve the UK’s net zero target.
Made from 100% renewable waste, residues, and vegetable oil, HVO is an ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) approved sustainable fuel that works just like heating oil.
5 Reasons to switch to HVO:
- Cleaner and greener than heating oil – HVO reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%, nitrogen oxide emissions by 30% and particulate matter (harmful pollution in the air) by 70%. That means HVO improves air quality whilst reducing users’ environmental footprint.
- A sustainable fuel – HVO is made from 100% renewable waste and vegetable oil, meaning it is a fossil-free, certified sustainable fuel.
- You won’t notice the difference – with HVO you can still expect the same high-quality and efficiency of heating oil, with the added benefits of it being odourless and having a storage life of 10 years.
- Easy to convert – unlike most other low carbon heating alternatives, switching to HVO does not require the existing heating system to be replaced. A simple conversion of the existing system is all that is needed, and this can be done when your boiler is serviced or upgraded.
- Low cost to convert – the usual cost of conversion is around £500. This is significantly more cost-effective than installing other low carbon heating alternatives, such as heat pumps and biomass boilers, which often cost thousands of pounds.
We need your help!
The aim is to start introducing HVO in 2022, subject to the completion of successful trials and obtaining government approval for its use as a heating fuel. To reach this goal, we need the help of heating oil users like you to get HVO supported as part of future government policy.
If you want to do your bit for the environment by reducing your carbon footprint, register your interest in HVO here.
Your support helps us and the liquid fuel heating industry convince the government to support the introduction of HVO as an affordable and renewable heating solution.