DfE sets up renewable biofuels stakeholder group        

With much higher levels of oil use for heating in Northern Ireland, OFTEC believes that sustainable biofuels like HVO can play an important role in decarbonisation and has had the opportunity to share this message at the inaugural meeting of a new group established by the Heat Policy Branch of the Department for Economy (DfE).

DfE sets up renewable biofuels stakeholder group

The first meeting of the DfE’s biofuels stakeholder group took place in September (pictured) with OFTEC pleased to have a seat at the table.

Commenting on the meeting David Blevings, Ireland Manager at OFTEC and executive director at Northern Ireland Oil Federation, said: “It was a constructive first meeting and an important forum where OFTEC can highlight the benefits of biofuels in helping to decarbonise heating in Northern Ireland’s homes and buildings.”

Biofuels are considered to be low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels with DfE developing a call for evidence on the roles that HVO and renewable biofuels can play as work continues towards developing NI’s approach to decarbonising heating under the Energy Strategy – The Path to Net Zero Energy.