As a full member of the UKIFDA and OFTEC trade bodies, Watson Fuels is working closely with both organisations on the Future Ready Fuel campaign. Our shared goal is to find a low-carbon liquid fuel replacement for kerosene.
For over 50 years, heating oil (kerosene) has been a popular choice for homes off the gas grid. Today, around 1.5 million UK households use heating oil as their primary source of fuel for heating.
As part of wider plans to tackle climate change and meet the UK’s net-zero target, the Government has pledged to prioritise converting off-grid homes to low-carbon heating during the 2020s. In support of this, we’re proud to be part of the UKIFDA and OFTEC Future Ready Fuel campaign, trialling a promising new renewable liquid fuel called HVO with selected Watson Fuels customers, and at one of our depots.
HVO - a practical, green alternative to heating oil for rural homes
The challenge of decarbonising off-grid homes
There are already several alternative heat technologies†that generate lower greenhouse gas emissions than heating oil. But installing them is expensive and often requires extensive changes to properties. For homes off the gas grid – which vary in age, design, and construction and often have period features – switching to these low-carbon technologies can be impractical. The Future Ready Fuel campaign is searching for a more suitable alternative.
As a full member of the UKIFDA and OFTEC trade bodies, Watson Fuels is working closely with both organisations on the Future Ready Fuel campaign. Our shared goal is to find a low-carbon liquid fuel that will act as a drop-in replacement for kerosene. We believe this option would be the least costly and least disruptive solution for homeowners who currently use heating oil. In most cases, they’d be able to cut emissions without changing their existing heating systems.
Other sustainable options
If you’d like to explore other ways to reduce your overall carbon emissions, our Carbon Offset Fuel is a straightforward and effective place to start. You won’t need to use a different fuel. Simply select our Carbon Offset Fuel option when you top up to contribute to projects that help to counteract your fuel’s emissions.
*Based on UK Government 2021 GHG conversion factors for scope 1 emissions.
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