HVO Heating Oil
HVO Heating Oil
Introducing HVO - a renewable liquid fuel alternative to existing heating oil.
What is HVO and how is it made
HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) is produced by the hydrotreatment of vegetable oil and certified waste fats. This process uses hydrogen to create a greener renewable fuel with a chemical structure almost identical to regular kerosene. Meaning you can use it in your existing heating system, with minimal modification costs, unlike the significant costs associated with other Government recommended methods. This new fuel can save up to 90% net greenhouse gas CO2 emissions. It is non-toxic and biodegradable.
Future Ready Fuel Campaign
Rix Petroleum in association with UKIFDA has launched the "Future Ready Fuel campaign" to inform heating oil customers about what HVO is. To let you know the benefits if you were able to switch to this new liquid fuel in the future to heat your home and power your cooker.
We need your help to get the government to endorse HVO
The government is currently backing Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground / Water Source Heat Pumps, and Biomass Boilers. The average costs to switch to these alternatives cost between £9k -£19k. In contrast, HVO trails have shown conversion costs of circa £500 with minimal changes need to your heating system.
We therefore, want you to write to your local MP to lobby them so that the HVO fuel is included in future government policy.
HVO Heating Oil is only available on trials at the moment.
HVO Trials -
what we know so far
HVO heating oil is the premium fossil-free alternative to kerosene which is made up of 100% renewable raw materials.
- Cleaner and greener – reduces net carbon emissions by almost 90% compared to fossil heating oil
- Simple conversion for most oil appliances
- Low cost to convert – cost to convert is expected to be around £500
- Fossil free – certified sustainable waste materials
- You won’t notice the difference – runs as efficiently as heating oil and it’s odourless
Visit the Future Ready Fuel website to find out more and write to your MP
HVO heating Oil FAQ's
HVO is made by hydrotreating fats and oils to create a greener, renewable heating oil.
At present, HVO heating oil is more expensive than traditional heating oil. However, we are working with the government and Future Ready Fuel to introduce the new fuels and reduce costs.
While HVO is currently more expensive than traditional fuel, it is likely that it’s still cheaper to use if you have an existing oil-based system than changing to a different heating system.
As the demand for renewable heating oil and fuel increases, so does the supply of waste materials used to make them.
HVO production is forecast to rise by over 300% just in Europe between 2020 and 2025. The rest of the world expects to match or improve on that production rate. In discussion with the main European and US-based HVO suppliers, we have been able to confirm that they plan to increase production and, therefore, should meet our requirements.
Realistically, it’s likely that the UK will always have some dependence on imported fuels as there simply isn’t enough waste material produced domestically to meet the demand for heating and transport markets.
We could reduce import reliance by introducing measures to improve UK waste capture and fuel production capacity at a government level.
Testing that has been carried out suggests that HVO heating oil will work with virtually any existing oil heating appliance, with some minor modifications.
If you’re looking to minimise your carbon dioxide production, you should consider upgrading to a modern, high-efficiency boiler (A-rated) for significant fuel and running cost savings.
If you don’t want to change your boiler, renewable heating oil is a great way to reduce your emissions.
In short, no. While a gas boiler ban is planned for 2025, this will only apply to newbuild homes, so existing gas or oil boilers will not be affected. That said, it is worthwhile to start reducing emissions as soon as possible, and HVO heating oil is a great way to do that without having to make major renovations to your home.
HVO heating oil has a myriad of benefits, including:
- Reducing carbon emissions by up to 90%
- Matching efficiency of regular heating oil
- Easy conversion with few changes needed
- Low conversion costs