“These alternative options are also unlikely to consistently provide the levels of heating demanded by users. It is important that policy makers recognise a ‘one size fits all’ approach for off-grid energy will not work.”
Bio liquefied petroleum gas (bioLPG) will have a major role to play in the future energy mix of the UK, according to trade body Liquid Gas UK.
The newly re-branded trade association, formerly known as UKLPG, announced the statement in in its new vision.In its vision, it said that it hoped to see a 100% transition to bioLPG by 2040.
BioLPG is made from non-fossil fuel sources, mainly sourced from waste products from the renewable diesel production process (the HVO or hydrotreated vegetable oil process).
It also said that this shift could help provide a cleaner energy future for the almost two million off-grid homes in the UK, as well as thousands of businesses reliant on off-grid fuel sources. such as mobile caterers, rural manufacturers and farms.
The organisation said standard LPG already produces 33% and 12% less emissions than coal and oil respectively and can be blended with bioLPG to enable a gradual and secure transition to the lower carbon type of the fuel.
“The technology already exists for bioLPG to play a major role in the future energy mix of the UK,” said George Webb, Chief Executive at Liquid Gas UK. “As a drop-in fuel with no expensive changes to heating systems required, bioLPG is an affordable and non-intrusive option for homes and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.”
Webb also said that there were millions of homes across the UK that, unless undergoing a major redevelopment, a transition to electrified heating solutions (ground source heat pumps or air source heat pumps) is not affordable.
He added: “These alternative options are also unlikely to consistently provide the levels of heating demanded by users. It is important that policymakers recognise a ‘one size fits all’ approach for off-grid energy will not work. Different solutions will be required for different types of buildings across the UK. As part of a mixed technology approach to decarbonisation, bioLPG can support the UK Government and Devolved Administrations to achieve net zero.”
Commenting on the rebrand of the association, Webb added: “The change to Liquid Gas UK comes at a time when we are seeing the political and economic landscape on energy and climate change ramp up. As we move away from fossil fuels to Net Zero, it is important that the LPG industry is seen as a modern and innovative industry that is taking a lead in the challenges and opportunities ahead.”
Earlier this year, Bio Market Insights interviewed SHV Energy CEO Bram Gräber and SHV Energy Global Innovation Director Rebecca Groen. They stated that the Netherlands-based company offers its customers bioLPG and has made plans to ensure that 100% of its energy products will be renewably-sourced by 2040.
The company offers its bioLPG in eight European markets. It has also teamed up with its partner Neste Oil, a Finnish biofuels specialist, to produce this bioLPG at its Rotterdam refinery.
In March, Gräber told Bio Market Insights: “In Europe, the developments in bioLPG are quite strong and particular, especially in France and Germany. This is what customers and policymakers are expecting from us. In other markets like Brazil this is not prominently yet on their agenda, but I think they will get there eventually. In contrast, bioLPG is really hot in Europe at the moment. Eventually, we will start expanding in other markets like China and India.”