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 a renewable liquid fuel made from certified waste fats and oils and manufactured by a synthesised process with hydrogen to create a greener, cleaner fuel.
The ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) confirms HVO is a sustainable fuel that is made from waste products or crops and doesn’t contribute to deforestation.
At present HVO is more expensive than heating oil and we are discussing with government how best to introduce the new fuels and reduce the cost.
We anticipate that a scheme similar to one used for green road transport fuels could be used to enable HVO to be offered at an affordable price. Even if HVO is more expensive, it is likely to be much cheaper than switching to a completely different heating system.
Demand for renewable liquid fuels is increasing – and so is the supply of waste materials to manufacture them. Large quantities of biodiesel are already used in transport fuels and as electric vehicles become more common, the raw materials can be used to make HVO instead.
Production of HVO is forecast to rise by over 300% in Europe alone between 2020 and 2025 and expected to increase as fast, or even faster, elsewhere in the world. We have spoken to all of the main European and US HVO suppliers and they have confirmed that their plans to increase production would meet our requirements.
We are working with Government to ensure that there are clear policies in place to encourage supply as demand grows and reduce costs.
It is likely that the UK will always rely on imported fuel as there isn’t enough waste material available domestically to make all the fuel needed for the heating and transport markets. This is no different to the situation now with existing fuels.
However, government could introduce measures to improve UK waste capture and fuel production capacity which, for some fuel types, lags behind other countries in Europe.
Yes. Testing carried out so far suggests HVO will work with virtually any existing oil heating appliance once some simple modifications have been made.
In all cases the use of HVO will dramatically cut carbon emissions, but to achieve maximum carbon reduction, we recommend upgrading older appliances to a modern, high efficiency ‘A rated’ boiler. This is likely to save significantly on fuel and running costs.
Changes to the way we heat our homes must happen if we are to achieve the net zero target. However, replacing an existing boiler should be a future-proof investment. There are no current plans to end the use of heating oil (see answer below), and we are confident that modern boilers will work efficiently with HVO. Conversion to the new fuels is expected to be straightforward and inexpensive.
It is also worth remembering that, even if you continue to use fossil fuels, updating your existing system with a high efficiency condensing boiler will almost certainly reduce your energy bills – and your emissions – often by a substantial amount.
There are currently no plans to ban the use of heating oil. However, to achieve the UK’s and Republic of Ireland’s net zero targets, we must reduce emissions from home heating, so it’s likely that the government will eventually ban the use of heating oil and other fossil fuels.
To do this, government may insist that new heating systems meet stricter carbon emission targets. However, it is likely that government will only consider banning the use of fossil fuels when other low carbon options are affordable, widely available, and most homes are already converted.
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