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Early results from UK wide trials of a renewable alternative to kerosene suggest that the new liquid fuel works in virtually all existing oil heating systems with only simple modifications, while reducing carbon emissions by almost 90%. Nineteen sites across the country are now running Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in a range of heating and cooking appliances in both domestic and commercial settings. The fuel is made from fossil free, sustainable waste materials and certified via the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) scheme.Full story
OFTEC has announced three new appointments to its technical and inspection teams as the trade association continues to strengthen its off-grid services for technicians working across liquid fuel, solid fuel and renewable heating technologies.Full story
There is a government consultation in Northern Ireland surrounding how the carbon emissions should be lowered in Northern Ireland. OFTEC urges homeowners and businesses to urgently respond to this consultation because of the potential financial implications they could face.Full story
The latest statistics for 2019* reveal 13.4% of homes in England are 'fuel poor' which means their disposable income after energy costs puts them below the poverty line and their home has an energy efficiency (EPC) rating of band D or below.Full story
OFTEC welcomes government’s commitment to accelerate the UK’s timeline towards net zero emissions. What is needed now is effective policy to deliver the rapid change required across all sectors, including off-gas heating.Full story
OFTEC Ireland is calling for young people in Northern Ireland to consider an apprenticeship or vocational training in the plumbing and heating sector.Full story
A new survey has found the majority of rural households are unable or unwilling to pay for the green heating measures outlined in the government’s current proposals, raising questions over whether plans to reduce emissions from homes are achievableFull story
A public consultation put forward by the Government has suggested that Biofuels could be an option for the future of home heating. OFTEC, the trade association for the liquid fuel industry, has welcomed Dianne Dodds inclusion of bio-fuels in a paper on Energy Strategy options as a realistic and affordable step in the right direction for the 500,000 homes in NI using liquid fuelled heating systems.Full story
Responding to the 2021 Budget, OFTEC Chief Executive Paul Rose said: The Chancellor didn’t hold back in outlining the financial toll the Covid-19 pandemic has taken on the UK economy, so it’s perhaps not surprising there were very few new green announcements, other than re-commitments to existing policies.Full story
A new report has revealed people working from home have been paying an extra £45 a month in energy costs during lockdown, raising concerns that fuel poor households are being pushed into further financial difficulty.Full story
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