General Election – 4th July 2024

With the General Election underway, political parties will be publishing their manifestos and outlining their policies for how off-grid homes should transition to low carbon heating.

This is a vitally important moment and we must reach out to all Parliamentary Candidates. They will be seeking to win votes in rural constituencies and we must urge them to support a fairer future for off-grid households.

This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and tell candidates how the policies they announce will influence how you vote at the election.

The Current Situation

Supporters of the Future Ready Fuel campaign have already made a big difference in shaping the current government’s off-grid heating policies. The proposed ban on the installation of fossil fuel boilers was pushed back from 2026 to 2035 and support for renewable liquid fuels continues to grow amongst backbench MPs. Good progress has been made and your voice has made a difference. But we’re not over the line yet.

Whichever party wins the next election and forms the government will be making decisions about how rural homes are heated over the coming years. Whoever is elected as your local MP will also be your voice in Parliament and we’ve seen the impact MPs can have in influencing government policy. That’s why it’s important we reach out to all Parliamentary Candidates.

Giving Off-Grid Households A Voice

For some properties, switching to a heat pump is an ideal solution and we fully support the use of the technology where it makes sense. However, many properties are simply not suited to heat pumps and will require disruptive and costly changes for them to work effectively.

 These changes can include new radiators, better insulation, new piping and the reintroduction of the hot water tank. The total cost can be over £20k which simply isn’t affordable or practical. That’s why we’re campaigning for oil heated homes across the UK to have the choice of switching to a renewable liquid fuel called Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO).

 In a recent Future Ready Fuel survey of oil heated households, 85% of respondents said the government and opposition party policies on decarbonisation will influence how they cast their vote at the election. The survey also revealed that 94% of households felt they should be responsible for choosing the heating system they install when it needs to be replaced, compared to 2% who thought the government should have the final say.

 When asked about renewable liquid fuels, 88% of respondents said they would prefer to switch to the fuel compared to just 6% for a heat pump. We believe it’s about giving households a choice so they can decide whether a heat pump or renewable liquid fuel is the best solution for them.

What We’re Calling For

These are the two things we need the next government to do to make HVO a practical choice for oil heated homes:
    1. The Government’s amendment to the Energy Bill committed to a consultation on a Renewable Liquid Heating Fuel Obligation (RLHFO). We’re urging all political parties to support our call for the next government to publish the consultation immediately to provide clarity for consumers

    2. Currently, the use of renewable liquid fuels for home heating is taxed. However, fossil fuels are not. This is counterintuitive and disincentivising take up. We’re calling on all political parties to commit to equalising the tax duties for renewable liquid fuels, making them a real option for rural households who want to reduce their home heating emissions in an affordable way.

Watch our video to learn more about our campaign

A renewable liquid fuel solution for oil heated homes

Around 150 oil heated properties across the UK from homes, pubs, schools to churches have been using the renewable liquid fuel Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) for the past two years as part of our demonstration project.

HVO Installer

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

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