UK liquefied petroleum gas industry poised to support BEIS on off-grid decarbonisation objectives
This week UKLPG, the trade association for the LPG industry in the UK, responded to BEIS’ Call for Evidence highlighting the role that liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) can play in displacing high carbon fossil fuels in properties off the gas grid.
- Setting an end date for the burning of high carbon fossil fuels in off-grid homes and businesses to give a clear message to all stakeholders in the heating sector about how they must evolve.
- An oil tank scrappage scheme initially for owners of the most polluting E, F and G rated oil boilers, would help to address the physical barrier to customers switching from heating oil and alleviate customer reluctance due to owned oil assets. An official Government backed scheme would also enable heating engineers and installers to actively promote alternative heating systems to consumers.
- To support off-grid rural businesses with clear messaging and fair policies that enable them to fulfil their business operations within the clean growth agenda.
- Engage with heating engineers and installers to strengthen clear messaging to consumers. Successful policy implementation will hinge on installers being able to effectively convey alternative heating solutions to distress purchase customers living off-grid currently using high carbon fuels. At present customers are not able to source clear consistent information either from heating engineers or from online sources due to the currently undecided off-grid energy policy direction.
- An EPC review to ensure that the future energy objectives are successfully leveraged. In order for off-grid decarbonisation to be achieved, the mechanisms by which improvement standards are driven must be fair and accurate. EPCs currently reflect fuel costs rather than efficiency or carbon content. UKLPG has already received several reports about landlords converting their properties from LPG to oil in order to fulfil the PRS regulation which came into force in April 2018.