The government has set out proposals to end the installation of fossil fuel boilers in the home from 2026. In most cases, households would be expected to switch to a heat pump.
However, many oil heated properties aren’t suited to a heat pump unless expensive and disruptive changes are made which could include new radiators, added insulation and a new hot water tank. The government’s own calculator reveals the cost could be over £20k in some cases. Even if we weren’t in a cost of living crisis, that’s simply unaffordable!
It’s been a huge success! The switch from kerosene to HVO required a minor modification to the boiler at an estimated cost of £500. As a result, carbon emissions were reduced by 88%. Research shows there is more than enough sustainably sourced supply to meet demand.
That’s why renewable liquid fuels, with minimal upfront cost and disruption, are the ideal alternative solution. Our project is the perfect blueprint for more rural communities to follow as part of a wider rollout.
An Energy Bill currently going through Parliament could be amended to create a Renewable Liquid Heating Fuel Obligation (RLHFO), to mirror for home heating the current incentive scheme in place for HVO in transport, which would greatly reduce the cost of HVO for oil heating users.
George Eustice MP, and a growing number of other rural MPs, are supporting this policy approach.
We’re also calling for the Treasury to align the fuel duty rate of HVO for heating with that of kerosene, as this too would help to make HVO an affordable heating option.
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