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UK: Petroleum suppliers call on Government to invest in carbon neutral liquid fuel

The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) believes e-fuels are a better alternative to heating oil than electric power for thousands of homes in the United Kingdom.

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The UK’s Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) has reiterated its ongoing commitment to a carbon neutral liquid fuel or e-fuel as an alternative to heating oil by submitting evidence to an inquiry on technologies to meet Clean Growth emission reduction targets and calling on the Government to invest in and encourage the development of e-fuels.

“As the trade association for the oil heating sector, the FPS strongly believes that a liquid fuel – a greener version of existing heating oil – can and should play a big part in how the future needs of off-grid homeowners are met,” says Guy Pulham, CEO of the FPS.

The federation believes that many of the electric solutions put forward seem to present high cost and low efficiency options for the 1.5 million homes in the UK that rely on oil to heat their homes.

“Whilst we understand the investment in electric solutions, we’re concerned that for heating rural homes switching to an electric heating system from an oil boiler and tank system is not straightforward or cheap,” explained Pulham.

With plans are already in place to begin testing various bio fuels in the real world in both the UK and Europe, they feel like this technology is something the Government should invest in as part of its strategy to reach its Clean Growth targets.

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