Committed to carbon neutral liquid fuel

As an alternative to heating oil, the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) has reiterated its ongoing commitment to a carbon neutral liquid fuel or e-fuel.

Giving evidence to an inquiry on technologies to meet Clean Growth emission reduction targets last month, the FPS called on government to invest in and encourage the development of e-fuels.

“The FPS strongly believes that a liquid fuel – a greener version of existing heating oil – can and should play a big part in how the future needs of off-grid homeowners are met,” said FPS CEO Guy Pulham.

“We believe Clean Growth emission reduction targets can be met – and met in such a way that doesn’t cause rural households a huge expense or inconvenience.

“Whilst we understand the investment in electric solutions, we’re concerned that for heating rural homes switching to an electric heating system from an oil boiler and tank system is not straightforward or cheap.

“It makes sense to enjoy the benefits of a liquid fuel which would allow homeowners to cut their carbon footprint, without a big upfront charge and in a relatively easy way with just a few modifications. Plans are already in place to begin testing various bio fuels in the real world in both the UK and Europe.

“We believe that government needs to create the same drive for development in the UK as we’re seeing in Europe. The government states in its Clean Growth Strategy that the UK should lead the way in innovation, we believe funding research into e-fuels is a perfect opportunity.

“Short-term steps can also be taken to reduce emissions, including replacing old boilers with oil-fired condensing boilers, using smart meters and smart controls to maximise the energy efficiency, and installing better insulation to keep more heat in and use less fuel.

“We will continue to work in partnership with other trade associations in the UK and Europe to develop alternative, greener liquid fuel technology,” concluded Guy.